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University Village Apartments
Miranda Metheny / KBIA

A draft of a master plan in 2008 by MU’s department of residential life recommended vacating and demolishing the University Village apartment complex by 2011, citing various “building shell deficiencies.”

The plan says that all but the more recently remodeled 702 and 703 buildings had sustained “significant structural damage and deterioration.” Along with other problems such as leaky roofs, settling, and termite damage, the plan also specifically calls out “deteriorating metal decks” as a “public safety hazard.”

University Village Apartments
Miranda Metheny / KBIA

An engineering review of a fatal Columbia walkway collapse near the University of Missouri has found that a concrete failure was to blame.

University Village tenants allowed to break leases

Feb 28, 2014
University Village Apartments
Miranda Metheny / KBIA

All residents in the University Village apartment complex have been given new options regarding their leases in light of the balcony walkway collapse last Saturday. 

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Columbia Fire Department

Police reports show that a firefighter killed in a Columbia walkway collapse was going door-to-door looking for trapped residents apparently because emergency responders thought they were dealing with a roof collapse.

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Columbia Fire Department

The firefighter who died while helping to evacuate an apartment complex in Columbia will be remembered with services on Thursday.

Miranda Metheny / KBIA

Columbia Fire Department Lieutenant Bruce Britt died early Saturday while responding to the collapse of a walkway at the MU-run University Village Apartments. According to a Columbia Fire Department press release, Britt sustained life threatening injuries while assisting citizens and was pronounced dead at University Hospital. 

MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin offered his condolences to Britt's family in a statement Saturday.