The roof of a vacant building on the west side of Pulaski collapsed Wednesday afternoon, forcing town officials to demolish the remaining structure.
Todd Garwood, town fire marshal, said Pulaski Fire Department was notified the roof had collapsed on the 206 W. Main St. building at 12:19 p.m. When the roof caved in, it caused some bricks to fall off the walls in the direction of the roadway.
Garwood said the structure was in such danger of a complete collapse at that point, the town decided to demolish what remained standing for public safety reasons. The debris remains on the lot, but is roped off with “fire line” tape warning the public to stay away.
“It was popping and cracking while we were out there (before being demolished),” said Garwood. He noted it was too unsafe for anyone to go inside.
The white-painted brick structure, on the northwest corner of W. Main and Randolph Avenue, served as Solid Rock Church as recent as 2006. In 2010, Pulaski Town Council rezoned the property so Bishop Judy Johnson could open a “small country store” in the building. For some reason, Johnson never followed through with the store.
Garwood said Main Street LLC of Radford is now shown to own the property. He said it is the owner’s responsibility to clear the debris from the lot.
According to statements made during the 2010 rezoning hearing, the building once housed a store that served the W. Main Street area.