An apartment building partially collapsed on Madison's west side Monday afternoon, a fire official said.
Madison Fire Department spokeswoman Cynthia Schuster said that during the deconstruction process for a remodeling project in the basement of the building located at 1202 McKenna Blvd, a load-bearing wall was removed, which caused a partial structure collapse. The building was evacuated while first responders determined how much damage was sustained.
Four units directly above the remodel area were affected, Schuster said. Madison fire and police departments and building assessors were at the building Monday afternoon.
Howard McDavid was in his apartment when he saw the floor dipping in.
"I went downstairs to tell (the construction workers) something was wrong," McDavid said. "When I came upstairs to show them how the apartment was looking, everything just collapsed while I was in there. Then I grabbed my wife, and we ran up out of there. And we haven't been back in there since."