Partial building collapse displaces three families, closes restaurant

Posted at 5:26 AM, Feb 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-25 18:14:35-05

RISING SUN, Ind. — Part of a building in Rising Sun, Indiana that housed apartments and a restaurant, collapsed early Tuesday morning, displacing three families and closing the restaurant until further notice.

The collapse happened near the intersection of Main and Poplar streets in Rising Sun, Ind. just after midnight. Tequila’s Mexican Restaurant was located on the first floor and apartments on the second floor.

Fire officials said no one was hurt in the collapse, and the three families in the apartments were moved to a hotel by their landlord. However, Tequila's Mexican Restaurant will be closed for the time being.

"It's kind of upsetting because, you know, there ain't a whole lot," said TJ Martin, a resident in the neighborhood. "I mean, you've got Jack's Diner up the road and that's about it."

He said the Mexican restaurant was his son's favorite place to eat, and it usually pulled a large crowd in the evenings.

The building is more than 100 years old, and fire officials said the cause of the collapse could be due to years of water damage. The landlord of the structure blames deteriorating brick.

The landlord said there is currently no timeline for when the building will be fixed or restored.