DEMOLISHED

Crumbling Kinoo building demolished

The building was on Monday demolished following concerns by residents.

In Summary

•Tenants in nearby houses vacated.

•The building was on Monday demolished following concerns by residents.

The building on September 3, 2021. Image: MERCY MUMO
The building on September 3, 2021. Image: MERCY MUMO

The five-storey residential building which was leaning in Kinoo has been brought down in a controlled demolition.

The building was on Monday demolished following concerns by residents.

According to the residents, trouble started on Thursday last week when the caretaker noticed cracks and alerted the owner.

The owner returned to the scene in the morning after the building collapsed, but left shortly after without speaking to anyone.

Tenants in nearby houses vacated.

One of the tenants, who sought anonymity, told the Star she was hopeless and in a dilemma after leaving her belongings in her house.

"We are all in panic as we don't know what will happen next. As much as we need to get our belongings from the house, it is risky as the building might fall anytime," she said.

Masons at the site said they had noticed structural problems and informed the owner but no action was taken.

They said they noticed a crack on one of the columns on Thursday, prompting them to stop construction.

George Omlati, a mason, said, "After doing plaster work, we told him that the building had slanted towards one side but he told us we are fundis and we should do our work."

"It was not until piping at the corner burst that he told us to halt construction."