University Village demolition to start Monday

A Columbia firefighter was killed on Feb. 22 after this walkway at University Village Apartments collapsed.

Demolition is expected to begin Monday at the University Village Apartments in Columbia, where a firefighter died in February.

University of Missouri spokesman Christian Basi told The Columbia Daily Tribune that Marschel Wrecking of Fenton won the contract to tear down 11 of the 14 buildings in the 57-year-old complex.

Lt. Bruce Britt, a 23-year veteran of the Columbia Fire Department, died Feb. 22 while trying to rescue residents trapped by a walkway collapse.

Britt's widow filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the University of Missouri Board of Curators in March after an investigation revealed that structural deterioration of the concrete and steel supporting the walkway led to the collapse.

The university has also commissioned inspections of other campus buildings.