University of Missouri to raze apartment where firefighter died

03/13/2014 7:00 AM

03/13/2014 7:00 AM

The University of Missouri says it will demolish an apartment complex where a Columbia firefighter died Feb. 22 when a walkway collapsed.

University Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin emphasized in making the announcement Wednesday that engineers have inspected all buildings at the University Village Apartment Complex and declared them safe for occupancy.

Still, Loftin said the 58-year-old complex will close June 30 in the interest of safety and be razed shortly after that.

Veteran firefighter Bruce Britt died when he became trapped by rubble while helping evacuate residents from the partial collapse of the second-floor walkway.

The complex houses graduate students and their families. There is also a child-care center on site.

Loftin says tenants will be allowed to terminate their leases before June 30 without financial penalties.

| The Associated Press

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