Officials still don't know cause of building collapse

Published: Dec. 8, 2016 at 5:44 PM CST
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ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) -- After the J.C. Yeatts building collapsed on Tuesday night, the owner says it's couches like these that are underneath all the pile of rubble.

"My grandfather started the business in 1944 on Main Street in Ardmore. We've had three or four different locations through the years," says J.C. Yeatts owner John Yeatts.

It happened late Tuesday night, destroying the building and 80 thousand dollars in merchandise.

"We got what we could out of the building out the back, the office equipment, accounts receivable, stuff like that and petty cash," says Yeatts.

The collapse caused concern for neighboring businesses and cost them money.

"I think this shows us that yes we do need to check out these old buildings a little better. We were closed for a few hours, we are right across the street so they had the street blocked off and the sidewalk blocked off so we weren't able to open until about two o'clock," says The Pocket Shop owner Rachel Elmore.

Noble Energy recently tore down the building next to Yeatts to make way for a pocket park.

Some wonder if that could have triggered the collapse.

"I speculate that some digging was done outside the footing, whether that's true or not I really don't know at this time," says Yeatts.

But city officials says it's too early to tell.

"It would be completely speculation at this point and I don't know. I think we're really at a loss, " says Director of Ardmore Development Services, Jessica Scott.

"It's just a real sad thing the city of Ardmore to lose such a historical landmark," says Yeatts.

As you can see some cars are driving by very slow and part of the street and sidewalk are still blocked off. Some people want to get a glimpse of what's left remaining of the JC Yeatts building.