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Part of Lexington Jif plant’s brick veneer collapses

Published: Feb. 24, 2021 at 11:57 AM EST
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - For the second time in a week, part of a building in Lexington collapsed.

The first happening last Thursday morning when snow and ice build-up caused part of the BB&T parking garage downtown to cave in. Now, it’s the brick veneer on the side of the Jif plant on Winchester Road.

It happened just after 11 Wednesday morning. Lexington fire crews got a call about a possible building collapse. When they arrived they found part of the Jif plant wall in pieces.

Major Shane Poynter with the Lexington Fire Department says it’s the building’s exterior brick veneer, so production hasn’t stopped at the plant. Jif officials say they have moved workers away from that area inside the plant.

Officials tell us there is no structural damage, but they are still working to find out how much more of the veneer is still compromised.

“Smucker Company has a structural engineer on scene that’s looking at the situation, we’ve set up a barricade to keep any pedestrians and traffic away and Smucker has equipment they’re bringing around to start taking the brick wall down.” Maj. Poynter said.

One lane of Winchester road has been shut down since it happened, but, fortunately, officials say no one was hurt.

No word yet on what caused the partial collapse.

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