Concrete Failure Blamed in Firefighter Death

Carol Daniel

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMOX) – It was concrete failure that led to the walkway collapse in Columbia, Missouri that killed a 23-year veteran of the fire department.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports a structural engineering firm hired by the university attributed the collapse to weather damage and a construction flaw in which excess air remained inside the concrete slab.

Bruce Britt died after he fell from the second-floor walkway at University Village apartments in late February. The lieutenant was going door-to-door looking for trapped residents in what was initially believed to be a roof collapse.

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