Partially Demolished Building Still Standing After Hours of Attempts to Knock It Down

By: Josh Sidorowicz Email
By: Josh Sidorowicz Email

News 10 received word shortly before 11:00pm Friday that crews had shut down the site for the night and will continue demolition Saturday morning.

The old Consumer's Energy building in downtown Jackson was in the process of being demolished when it partially collapsed early Friday.

Several nearby buildings were evacuated and crews were working throughout the day Friday to knock down the partially demolished section of the building before it fell down on other buildings.

The ordeal drew quite the crowd providing some Friday evening entertainment for many in the area.

"It's history, it's fun and exciting," said one woman who had been sitting and watching the demolition all afternoon.

Young and old alike, it even turned into a family event for some like Lisa Brown who brought her kids to see what was going on.

"It's an old building that's history and they'll get to see a part of it go down," she said.

While for others, like lifelong Jackson resident Don Nelson, the demolition hit a little closer to home.

"It's so weird, it's been an icon in the city for decades," he said. "I grew up here and it's always been there."

And even after hours of attempts to knock it down it was still there but crews had no choice but to keep at it.

"The building will come down tonight," said Interim Jackson Fire Chief David Wooden. "It's too unstable to leave and that's why we're still here."

But as night fell there was no such luck, as a captive audience chose to stick around for a bit longer.

"The darned thing is so solid they can't even get it to come down," said Norm Bunce. "I've been here since 1:30 this afternoon watching this."

"There's not a lot to do in Jackson on a Friday night," said Don Blair who brought he family to watch.

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