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Cause of CVS facade collapse determined

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

An investigation report has been released after the façade of the CVS on Waters Avenue collapsed. A private engineering company said they believe the original façade could not handle the weight of the new façade and now the rest of the shopping center may be at risk.

The investigation was conducted by Saussy Engineering, tracing the collapse of the façade back to two nails that withdrew from a two-by-four.

Although the investigator couldn't determine exactly why the nails fell out, he concluded it was likely the weight of the original facade and the new facade that was added years later.

The report said other parts of the plaza are also in danger of collapsing. The area from the Savannah Bank to the south end of Jersey's Pizza was constructed in an identical manner.

The engineer adds that in his opinion, this part of the shopping center is subject to potential failure similar to that just experienced at the CVS store.

This has business owners and customers concerned.

"That concerns me a lot because I bring my mom up here to get her medication," said customer Keith Bacon.

Crews have built a temporary entrance to the CVS and metal beams to help fortify the facade throughout the rest of the shopping center, however, people are still allowed to park and walk beneath it.

"That should be a concern for everyone that works in this area because if this part of the building is collapsing and it's because of a screw then they may need to check the rest of the structure," said Bacon.

The property owner said he is meeting with contractors and the insurance company this week.

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