UPDATED Monday, September 24, 2012 --- 7:15 a.m.
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) -- City inspectors have condemned a historic building in downtown La Crosse where three people were hurt when a second-story floor collapsed.
Dispatchers received reports that as many as 50 people might have been inside a large apartment when the floor gave way about 11 p.m. Saturday. Three people were taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries. The rest of the people in the apartment had left the building by the time firefighters arrived.
The La Crosse Tribune (http://tinyurl.com/9j79tsw ) says the upper apartment spans two storefronts in the 1913 building, designated as a historic site because it's the original location of the Trane Co.
Fire officials say a 30-foot by 30-foot section of the floor gave way.
Information from: La Crosse Tribune, http://www.lacrossetribune.com
Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.
Posted Sunday, September 23, 2012 --- 11:10 a.m.
From NBC15's sister station WEAU-TV in Eau Claire:
La Crosse, Wis. (WEAU) - An investigation is underway following the collapse of a floor at an apartment building in La Crosse.
Crews were called shortly after 11pm Saturday night to 135 6th Street South.
Multiple units responded following initial word up to 50 people were inside at the time.
Compounding the problem was a gas leak which was quickly shut off and gas emissions monitored for safety reasons.
Three people were treated at the scene and then transported to GLMC.
Fire crews searched the apartment building and found no other victims.
A 30x30 area of the 2nd floor collapsed.
The building has now been condemned by the City Of La Crosse Building Inspection team.