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Storms cause Wagoner buildings previously destroyed by fire to collapse

Posted: 6:08 PM, Aug 08, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-08 20:28:56-04

WAGONER, Okla. -- During Tuesday afternoon's storms, part of historic buildings in Downtown Wagoner that were destroyed by a fire, collapsed. 

A worker at a clothing store across the street caught it on camera. 

"This fence right here they actually fixed it, but it was flying in the air and I started videoing it as I was walking over here a piece of this wall fell," Toni Medlin, who videoed it, said. 

Mayor Albert Jones said he was down the street from Medlin and witnessed it too. He described it as surreal. 

"Fortunately we were watching the weather yesterday, Channel 2 meteorologist told us it was coming this way," Mayor Jones said. "They got the job site cleared and we were on the other side of the road when the storm rolled through."

Contractors on the project told him it was a blessing in disguise. Crews have been working 18 hour days to save the unique bricks that adorned the front of historic Downtown Wagoner. 

"The bricks that fell were going to be hauled off anyway," Mayor Jones said. 

Crews just finished disassembling those facades so they were not damaged during the storms.

The facades that were saved are going to be used when they rebuild downtown. 

 

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