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Pieces Of Denver Home Crumble, Forcing Evacuation

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DENVER (CBS4) – As soon as Chancey Bush noticed a large crack in the Denver home she’s renting she called her landlord.

That was at least two weeks ago.

“We actually called him last night to tell him that he needed to check this crack out and he said he’s too busy he had a bunch of homes he’s trying to fix,” said Bush on Wednesday night.

Now, it’s too late.

An entire side of the two-story home, located near the intersection of 12th and Kalamath Street, collapsed on Wednesday.

Thankfully Bush, her boyfriend and their dog weren’t home at the time, but there is a family member still missing.

“I’m just worried about my cat,” she said.

Rescue crews said they were not able to try to recover the cat on Wednesday night due to the home’s poor stability.

Fire officials say age and poor repairs are to blame for the collapse of the home, which was built in the 1890s.

“You can tell that the building had some structural damage over the years. It had some repairs, as far as a tie rod holding some of the walls together,” Denver Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Todd Hamilton said.

Neighbors on either side of the building remain evacuated from their homes.

“You know you’re, renting out a place, hoping it’s going to be safe, and people cut corners and this is what happens,” Bush said.

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