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"Leaning Tower Of Jackson" Will Be Demolished Friday

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JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) - City of Jackson officials fear part of the old Consumers Energy building could collapse onto the adjacent building, First Congregational Church.

Jackson police and fire departments as well as the Summit Township Fire Department are at the scene.


 The City of Jackson bought the former Consumers Energy building in 2004, when the company moved to a new building. Unsuccessful finding a new tenant, city officials decided to raze it.

As of 6 News at 6, the building was still standing. Nick Perrault is on the scene now and will bring you all the details tonight on 6 News at 11.

Jackson Street between Michigan Avenue and Louis Glick Highway will be closed Friday until at least 8 p.m. due to unforeseen hazardous conditions.

Concerns started brewing this morning when the crew tried pulling a portion of the 12-story building down with a crane. Half of that portion collapsed leaving the other half standing, unsupported and twisted. According to Mayor Martin Griffin, who was on scene, crew engineers told him that because the building had corkscrewed, they could not be certain which way it would fall.

Griffin says it's a safety hazard, putting the church next door in jeopardy of being hit by falling debris as well as passersby, so the demolition crew will not leave the site tonight until that portion of the building has been pulled down.

 Police Chief Matt Heins says he'll be happy when the demolition is complete.

The crew from the demolition company, Dore and Associates of Bay City, have been working on getting the twisted, unsupported portion down all day. The crew first attempted pulling it down with a cable attached to a crane without any success. Since about noon the company has been wacking one of the support beams with a wrecking ball.

The building has had two fires while in the demolition process, one on May 31, 2013 from sparks falling into a debris pile and one on August 20, 2013, which was small and did not reach the inside.

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