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Frankfort building owners respond to bricks falling off of building

A street in Frankfort is now back open after bricks fell off an old building. The building owners are now battling with the insurance company that's refusing to help pay for the damages.

Posted: Dec 15, 2019 4:22 PM
Updated: Dec 16, 2019 7:00 AM

CLINTON COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)— On Thursday, Dec. 12 the Frankfort Street Department had to close West Clinton Street from  Columbia to Main streets because bricks were falling from the building.

Larry and Sharon Fish are the owners. They were both stunned when they received the call.

"Right away we blocked the streets,” said Larry Fish. “The city blocked the street off.

Fish said there's not a specific reason why the bricks fell off the building. The historic structure was built in 1912. Sharon Fish says she didn't know what to think when she received the call.

"The sky is falling,” said Fish. “Didn't know what to think. Until we could get up and see what was going on. But it's just devastating."

Now that crews have picked up the pieces and re-opened the street, the Fish are now facing another obstacle.

"Well as the insurance guy said, "Well we probably won’t pay anything because it's deterioration of the building, it's old,” said Fish.

Fish goes on to say that the estimated costs are expected to be more than $15,000. A price tag they aren't wanting to pay alone.

"We're still going to go after the insurance company,” said Sharon Fish. “I've been paying insurance for years to this one company thinking we are safe and we are not."

The Fish's said they're looking into hiring an attorney and while they wait they'll fill out grants to help cover cost.

"What can you do,” said Fish. “Just grin and bear it. We know we've gotten through other things so it'll be fine. We'll manage.”

The Fish said repairs for the building are set to start in the Spring of 2020.

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