KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Fifteen people were forced out of their home in Kansas City, Kan., after a building next door partially collapsed.
The initial collapse happened around 11:30 p.m. at 18th Street and Nebraska. Part of the roof fell in, breaking through all three floors of the building and taking down part of the brick exterior wall.
A 41 Action News crew on the scene reported hearing another collapse just before 5 a.m. Monday.
Residents of the 18th Street Plaza Apartments next door were evacuated late Sunday night. Early reports indicated that as many as twenty people had to be evacuated. The Kansas City, Kansas Fire Department later reduced the number of those affected.
Residents of the building were seen entering the building for the first time since the collapse at about 11 a.m. Monday. Fire crews said the evacuation was still active, but some people were allowed in to retrieve their belongings.
Some said they didn't know anything happened until they received an order to leave. But resident Terry Fraise said he saw it happen first-hand.
"I moved my car and about 30 seconds later, that's when it just kind of came crumbling down," Fraise said. "Like glass shooting out the window; big clouds of dust."
The Red Cross provided assistance to those affected during the time they were evacuated.
There have been no reports of injuries.
The partially-collapsed building was vacant and was undergoing rehabilitation
Kansas City, Kansas Fire Department Chief Craig Duke says the Unified Government was already accepting bids for the building's emergency demolition and that should be completed by the end of the day.