Thiensville apartment building declared uninhabitable

Published on: 11/1/2010

Thiensville - A village building inspector declared an eight-unit apartment building in the 100 block of Linden Lane to be uninhabitable on Monday, and residents will not be allowed to re-enter to obtain clothing and other personal belongings, Fire Capt. Andy LaFond said.

The two-story brick building was evacuated overnight after a foundation support post and beam shifted late Sunday.

It is not known when the building can be reoccupied, LaFond said. Some families are staying with relatives in the area, while other residents were referred to the Red Cross.

Gral Properties LLC of Milwaukee, the owner of the building, will be required to submit a plan to the village for repairing the weakened foundation, LaFond said.

Michael Gral, a spokesman for the company, said an independent inspector already had been at the site early Monday and is expected to determine the cause of the problem and propose a repair strategy by Tuesday.

Residents fled the building about 11:30 p.m. Sunday after several of the families reported a loud, thunder-like noise followed by shaking floors and rattling windows, LaFond said.

Firefighters determined that a foundation support post and beam in the center of the basement had shifted, and the post sank a few inches into the floor, LaFond said. Firefighters disconnected a natural gas supply pipe and electrical lines.

Firefighters and other village employees retrieved prescription medications for a few families early Monday but nothing else will be taken out at this time, LaFond said.

The foundation in the center of the building dropped down 2 inches, and cracks are visible in the foundation, LaFond said. Cracks also are visible in brick work beneath a second-story window.

An orange snow fence was erected around the building as a barricade.