Strong Winds Topple Burned-Out Building in Downtown Paragould This Morning

FEBRUARY 25, 2004 - Posted at 8:24 a.m. CDT

PARAGOULD, AR - Strong gusting winds are apparently responsible for partially toppling a vacant burned-out building in downtown Paragould this morning.

Police Chief J.D. Stephenson two walls and the roof of the old Clyde Mack building came crashing down around 6:45 a.m.  The building is at the corner of Main and Pruett streets, and police have blocked off a one-block section downtown while city crews work to clean up the mess.

K8 meteorologist Spencer Denton says Paragould recorded wind gusts up to 45-50 miles per hour this morning.

The incident reportedly cause some power lines to also come down, but no injuries were reported.

Stephenson said the building most recently housed an antique store until it was struck by fire several months ago, but the owner had planned to re-model the building.