Temple Tear Down Hits Snag

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Officials had hoped that crews could start tearing down the Masonic Temple building Friday night. However, those plans have hit a delay.

The buildings owner must find a contractor that can handle the job. So, far two companies have declined and a third is planning to look at it Saturday. Otherwise they may have to go out of state to find a contractor to do the work.

“The big concern is if the building collapses the wrong direction instead of in it damages the other buildings and that increases the liability,” said Muskingum County EMA Director Jeff Jadwin.

The process to tear down the building is complicated because the buildings surrounding the Masonic Temple are so close together. To protect roads and sidewalks dirt must be hauled into the site.

“It’s not a real quick process, but we’re concerned about the safety of the public that’s why it’s got to be an emergency take down and it’s also got to protect the surrounding businesses,” said Jadwin.

Until the building is safely brought down to below three stories Columbia Gas and American Electric Power can’t turn back on their services, which were shut down in that area because of the fire.

Jadwin said this could take days or a week or more. Columbia Gas is working on rerouting some lines to restore service to those outside the buildings fall zone, but first attempts at that plan failed earlier Saturday.

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Nichole Hannahs
Nichole is WHIZ’s News Director/Anchor. She joined the WHIZ family while attending high school at Bishop Rosecrans, before taking a full-time position in 2005. Nichole is no stranger to the area. She grew up in Corning, Ohio and and graduated from Waynesburg College, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications emphasizing in Sports Broadcasting/Sports Information and Journalism.When not at work Nichole enjoys watching St. Louis Blues hockey, enjoying time with family, spending time outdoors and reading.If Nichole wasn't in broadcasting she'd probably have become a teacher.Nichole is married to a fellow sports fan Brandon. They have two sons Cameron and Xavier.