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Update: Report Released On Possible Cause Of CVS Awning Collapse

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The city of Savannah today released an engineer’s report on the possible cause of the CVS awning collapse.  The report concluded that there were a couple of factors - two possible causes - related to the construction of that awning that contributed to the collapse.  One involved the location that bolts were driven into a 2 by 4 wood beam that helped connect the awning to the main building.  The engineering report stated the bolts should have been centered on that board.  But pictures in the report show - the wood split at the lower half of the board - just one inch from the bottom of the 3 and a half inch high plank where those bolts were attached.


Metal hangars supporting the facade were then nailed into that wood beam - at the bottom - and the report concludes one of the nails likely worked it's way out - though the cause is inconclusive.  Once that happened though - the engineer’s report states the weight of the original facade and a newer facade attached over it a few years ago could no longer be supported and came down.


As for what happens next - the engineering report showed that parts of the awning on the shopping plaza was engineered differently and is considered safe.  There is however, a sizeable portion - engineered like the area over the CVS – those sections have had to have temporary supports put in place until permanent modifications can be made.


As far as when that might happen - it's uncertain at this time.  News 3 spoke with Curtis Lewis - who's company owns that building today.  He says it is his intention to rebuild, but he's still dealing with the insurance company and his own engineers - to determine when that work can start.




Still no word on what caused the collapse of a concrete awning outside a CVS store in mid-town Savannah Friday.  All businesses, including the pharmacy, have now been allowed to reopen.  Metal supports have been braced under the awning all along the north side of the building.  Officials with the city building inspector's office say they are awaiting the results of a structural report before determining the exact cause of the collapse.




City building inspectors were on the scene early Monday following a partial building collapse at the CVS Pharmacy on Waters Avenue Friday. Inspectors placed warning signs on several of the buildings, requiring them to remains closed while engineering teams work to reinforce the structure. Even though several of the businesses are closed while crews inspect the property, owners want the public to know that a few of the businesses are open.

Curtis Lewis, one of the building's owners, tells WSAV.com they are deeply troubled by the facade collapse. View part of the raw interview with Lewis in the video player above. 4 vehicles damaged by the collapse remain under the building's debris, but are expected to be removed by Tuesday.  

Lewis says engineers are working to place new wooden beams behind the facade of the other signs to ensure they are stable and strong. Officials have not released an official determination on what caused the collapse, however it is believed the weight of the CVS sign was a factor.

View the property record for the building here.

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Part of an awning has collapsed at the CVS Pharmacy on Waters Avenue in Savannah. The call for emergency responders was placed shortly after 3:00pm. One person was slightly injured, authorities say.

Parts of 4 vehicles were crushed under the weight of the collapse. A crew is being called to the scene to help move the heavy material. It is unclear what caused the collapse to happen.Building inspectors have also arrived on the scene. THe front facade of the building is part of a larger shopping center complex.

WSAV.com brought you the first images from the scene, and we will bring you more information as it becomes available.

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