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Wall collapse has Jefferson City shopkeeper thinking about his own building

Antiquarium owner Lance Salmons (left) works with a customer Friday afternoon. Salmons said Thursday's wall collapse up the street has him thinking about doing preventative maintenance on his 150-year-old building. (Garrett Bergquist/KRCG 13)

A comic book store owner Friday said he's considering preventative maintenance after a wall collapse down the street.

Lance Salmons' comic book store sits three blocks east of the site of Thursday's wall collapse that forced Thursday Night Live to temporarily relocate. He said the oldest part of his shop dates to the 1860s. When he stripped the paint off some bricks a few years ago, he said the mortar had disintegrated into powder. He considered having some tuckpointing done.

"I never really went anywhere with it, but seeing it happen up there, it's got me thinking about it again," he said.

City officials said the wall collapse at 200 E. High Street is still under investigation. City Building Official Larry Burkhardt said workers are shoring up the building so the people who work there can go inside and retrieve their belongings. He said the city hopes to partially reopen Madison Street between High and McCarty Streets, but he doesn't know when that will happen.

Salmons said he isn't worried about his shop coming down around his ears. The rest of his maintenance is up to date.

"You don't see that every day, where a building just collapses on its own," he said.

Burkhardt said the decision whether to salvage the building at 200 E. High will be up to the owner. He said that decision hasn't yet been made.

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