I-Team: Video of wall collapse prompts investigation

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CLEVELAND -- The FOX 8 I-Team has obtained exclusive video showing a huge wall collapsing at an old factory, and that led to an I-Team investigation.

The wall collapsed early Tuesday morning from high winds ripping through northeast Ohio. It happened near West 90th and Almira in Cleveland, and it was recorded on the home security cameras of a neighborhood crime fighter.

Bricks, metal, and power lines crashed down sending debris and sparks flying.

Ron Graham said, “The wind was kicking up last night; it was sort of like thunder and lightning ... big flashes of light. You know, a weird sound. Then I knew it wasn't lightning and thunder. I come out and look, and see the whole wall of the factory's down across the whole road."

The I-Team found a troubling story behind the building that goes back many years. A large fire destroyed much of the roof. Neighbors say the building has been abandoned for years. Security cameras have found people on the property long before now dumping tires and trash, firing a gun, painting graffiti and more.

The clean-up crew wouldn’t talk to us. So, we did some digging through county records, and we contacted the company listed as owning the property as well as an attorney who has represented the company. All that, and yet we got nowhere finding out how that property could be left in that condition for so long.

Cleveland City Hall sent us records showing the property was condemned way back in 2009, and city records show the owners took out permits to fix up the place in 2010 and 2011.

So how did things get to this point?

Councilman Brian Cummins told us somehow the owners managed to keep dodging orders from City Hall and Housing Court.

No matter how it got to this point, Ron Graham is hoping the collapse caught on camera finally leads to bulldozers knocking down the rest of the walls.

He said, "It’s just a danger.   It should have just been down years ago."