Updated 2 months ago
Underneath all the rubble left where the old Masonic Lodge stood, are benches and an area that is usually filled with people. Residents around Monticello are just thankful nobody was sitting on them Sunday afternoon when the building collapsed.
Detours were set up right in downtown Monticello Monday morning all because of the debris left behind by the collapse.
"Somebody called me and thought they were joking. They said 'the building across the street, the whole front just fell out' and I go 'no, you have to be joking," said local business owner Sammy Whittenburg.
But it wasn't a joke. Right across the street from Sammy Whittenburg's framing business, parts of an unoccupied building fell to the ground Sunday afternoon. As those around town came to get a look for themselves Monday, many said it doesn't surprise them.
"They taped it off about 2 or 3 weeks ago because a couple of bricks fell out, so they had the area roped off," Whittenburg said. "And thank goodness it was already roped off because these benches are usually occupied with people."
But most are just thankful it collapsed at a time that no one was around, as they usually are.
"It is a miracle from God that none of the people got hurt, because there is a lot of foot traffic, bicycle riders over there around that road in front of the building, and it's a blessing from God that nobody got hurt," said resident Patti Cook.
It is still unclear whether the owner will try to repair all of this or just tear the building down.
All roads in downtown Monticello around the building opened back up Monday afternoon.