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Corinth Building With Damaged Column Is Safe, Says City Inspector

This building remains safe to occupy after a wreck damaged a column, said city of Corinth Building Inspector Greg Tyson. This photo was taken Tuesday. (Photos by Josh Mitchell/Corinth Today)

By Josh Mitchell/Corinth Today

A building that was damaged in a vehicle crash remains safe to occupy, said city of Corinth Building Official Greg Tyson.

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The wreck damaged part of a strip mall on U.S. 72 East in the Harper Square Mall area.

One of the columns on the outside of the building was damaged in the wreck, which apparently happened months ago.

Tyson said the building can be legally occupied.

A licensed contractor and engineer who does work for the building owner evaluated the building after the wreck, said Tyson.

If there were safety issues, the city would be involved, Tyson said. The damage was basically cosmetic and not structural in nature, he added.

There are only two tenants in the building now — Acceptance Auto Insurance and Hamilton-Ryker.

The building is expected to be repaired once insurance issues get resolved, Tyson said. The city building department will make sure the repairs are done in compliance with the code.

The city of Corinth has adopted the 2006 International building Code, he noted.

Neither Hamilton-Ryker nor the building owner could be reached for comment.

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