Family accuses city of negligence after building collapse

September 26, 2018

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The family of a woman who was rescued from beneath the rubble of a collapsed Sioux Falls building has filed a lawsuit accusing the city of negligence for allowing a construction company to remove a load-bearing wall.

The Argus Leader reports that court documents allege the city didn’t heed red flags and violations by the company overseeing the Copper Lounge’s demolition.

Emily Fodness was sleeping in an apartment above the Copper Lounge in 2016 when Hultgren Construction removed a load-bearing wall and the building collapsed, trapping her and killing a construction worker.

The lawsuit filed by Emily, Michael and Christine Fodness alleges that the city knew of “repeated instances” that Hultgren didn’t comply with city permits. The city attorney declined to comment to the newspaper, citing pending litigation.


Information from: Argus Leader, http://www.argusleader.com

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