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Thu March 6, 2014
Concrete failure blamed in fatal walkway collapse
An engineering review of a fatal Columbia walkway collapse near the University of Missouri has found that a concrete failure was to blame.
Twenty-three-year city firefighter 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.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports a structural engineering firm working for the university attributed the collapse to weather damage and a construction flaw in which excess air remained inside the concrete slab.