Update: Eggleston Hotel razed

By Nicole Bell - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (NBC12) - Demolition crews worked throughout the night to raze the historic Eggleston Hotel.

Part of the building collapsed around 6:00 Saturday morning.

The hotel was a piece of history.

Now reduced to rubble.

"It sounded like a train when it's taking slack out of cars," said nearby resident Charles Robertson. "Metal fell in front of my door so I had to cut myself out."

Police evacuated about a dozen residents who live in the area.

K-9 units were called in to sniff through the debris,  searching for any signs of life.

The old building has been vacant for about ten years.

It was built in the late 1930's.

Developer Kelvin Hanson recently got a permit to stabalize, then renovate, the former hotel into eight apartment units.

Hanson claims deterioration lead to the buildings collapse.

"The roof had failed and I guess the north wall collapsed as a result of the roof failing," he said.

After Dominion cut power a demolition team began flattening what was left standing.

Several people gathered and watched.

A landmark leveled.

Even so, folks here say memories of the famous Eggleson Hotel can't be crushed.

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