A building that was reportedly weeks away from demolition in downtown Springfield to make way for an expansion of the Jordan Valley Innovation Center burned just after 8 a.m. Tuesday morning.
The blaze at 424 North Boonville, which created a plume of smoke that could be seen for miles, shut down Boonville from just north of the downtown Square to Chestnut Expressway.
“It’s been hard to get to [the fire],” Fire Chief David Pennington told OI, “as you can see we’ve had a partial collapse of the structure during our fire operations. All of our firefighters are accounted for and we don’t believe the building to be occupied at this time.”
The building was last occupied May 2018, when the Touche Nightclub closed after the sale of the property to the Vecino Group. A representative of Vecino on scene told reporters that the building’s demolition was planned in the next few weeks as part of the expansion of Missouri State’s Jordan Valley Innovation Center.
Pennington said the fire department would likely be on the scene all day extinguishing the blaze and investigating the cause. He said the building had been the location of a previous fire.
If the situation changes, OI will update this story.
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