New documents expected after Mizzou walkway collapse

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KSDK) - New information has surfaced about a walkway collapse at a University of Missouri apartment complex that killed Columbia firefighter Bruce Britt.

Newschannel Five has been trying to get inspection records since the collapse on Feb. 22nd. Mizzou spokesman Christian Basi now says it'll be March 5th before the records are released.

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The University of Missouri performs all its own inspections. Basi says academic buildings are audited every five to eight years. But residential buildings are not officially inspected on a routine basis. Instead, the university relies on reports of problems from residents and maintenance workers who are expected to look for problems every time they're on a job.

In the case of the nearly 60 year-old University Village, Basi tells NewsChannel 5 workers are in the buildings an average of once a week or more. Anytime they notice a problem large or small, they file a report. And the university says over the last five to 10 years, hundreds of reports have been generated.

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That, Basi says, is one reason it's taken so long to gather all the documents.

Another other reason because the school's Residential Life and Campus Facilities departments have been spending most of their time helping University Village residents find new places to live.

On March 5, NewsChannel 5 expects to get those hundreds of reports as well as the results of inspections done after the collapse.

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Basi says all the University Village buildings are safe. But there have been some problems with other walkways in the complex. Structural engineers have built temporary supports for those walkways.

NewsChannel 5 heard from a viewer concerned about the daycare center inside University Village. Basi says that facility just passed all of its annual state inspections for license renewal with no problems.


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