Wall crumbles, memories stay strong: man remembers family ties to building

This building at High Street and Madison in downtown Jefferson City suffered a partial collapse Thursday morning, causing the cancellation of Thursday Night Live. (Megan Sanchez/KRCG 13)

A partially collapsed building is the main attraction in downtown Jefferson City, instead of Thursday Night Live.

Organizers of TNL had to make sure pedestrians stayed away from the area as debris continued to fall, yet people still couldn't help but stop and stare at the sight.

For some, it is an old building that just fell apart.

To Steve Morse, it's a part of his childhood.

"My brother, myself, my grandad, my aunt, and uncle all worked here at one time," Steve Morse said as he was taking photos of the the wall.

His grandfather owned a clothing store in the building.

The historic building collapsed around 10 a.m. To much of the Jefferson City community it meant just a change in evening plans, but to Morse it meant plans to report back to his family.

"I'm going to take a lot of pictures because there's just a lot of history in the family with this building," he said.

Bricks continue to fall from the 100-year-old building, but Morse said he's hopeful the whole thing won't fall down.

"It's amazing the building is hanging on," he said.

"Hopefully they'll be able to do something to brace it up and save the building."

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