Remaining tenants and business owner of Old Faulkner Garage concerned after building collapse

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PERRY COUNTY, Ky (WYMT) - Thursday night Hazard Fire Department and police responded to a call about a building collapsing, the Old Faulkner Garage on East Main Street.

Only two tenants and business owners remain in the part of the building that is deemed safe by the Hazard building inspector.

Joan Watts lived in the building for the past year and a half.

"There is just so much work that needs to be done to these apartments," said Watts fearing her safety is at risk.

She was home with her aid when the incident occurred.

"And the next thing I know the fire department is coming through and screaming and telling us all to get out the apartment was caving in," she said. "The stuff on the walls was shaking."

Watts said had it not been for veering from her daily routine she could have been hurt. "I go out there in the back every day and sit and read my book I could have been out there. I was out there day before yesterday."

The business owner, Shawn Lewis, of Lewis Tattoo, was going about his daily routine when it was interrupted.

"We were just in here kicking it and working and all of a sudden fire rescue comes in, actually, a client comes in and says hey I need to talk to you. I said what's going on. He said the buildings collapsing."

Leaving his shop to make sure his side of the building was intact he went back to work.

"And the next thing we know they come in here and rush us out," said Lewis.

With more than $18,000 worth of equipment in his shop, Lewis says if it would have been his side of the building, he would have done what anyone would do.

"Started back over from scratch again. I've done it before. This is actually my fourth tattoo shop."

But they are both thankful because it could have been much worse.



 
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