Excavation project next door may have caused wall on house to collapse

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Wall collapses at home near 24th and Glenarm in Denver

Wall collapses at home near 24th and Glenarm in Denver

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DENVER -- From the street it may be hard to imagine how the side of a home could just collapse Friday afternoon … until you see it from the alley …  and the excavation happening next door.

"It looks like they got a little too close to that foundation and at some point in time the foundation kind of gave way, sloughed off, and the east side of this building did come down," says Denver Fire Department spokesman Mark Watson.

The wall of the home collapsed Friday near 24th and Glenarm in Denver's Five Points neighborhood.

Friends and family of the homeowners tell us they were concerned about the excavation for days and pleaded with the company to back off from their home as late as Friday morning … a few hours later it was too late.

"It's really terrible and kind of scary because there is so much development going on in this historic district," says neighbor Amber Wyatt.

"When you look at it, it looks terribly, way too close to be digging anyway, but that's considered a lot size, so maybe we should reconsider our lot size because obviously this neighborhood is just way too old for the new development being so close together," Wyatt says.

Though that's a question for another day … the couple, who are expecting their first baby soon, were left watching as firefighters tried to shore up their crumbling wall. They wondered when, if ever, they'll get collect their things.

"It doesn't appear that it's particularly safe right now to go in, but we're going to need to get the engineers out here to make sure that, if the homeowners do need to get in, that they'll be able to do that some time in the future," Watson says.

Amber Wyatt adds, "That's a traumatic thing to go through, to have to deal with that. As neighbors, we're all here for them if possible, but it's just awful, it's just terrible."

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