Inspectors visit buildings damaged by storms

CHESTER, VA (WWBT) - Chesterfield Building Inspectors were at the scene of two buildings that were significantly damaged in the storms from Wednesday afternoon.

One owner said that he was inside the store as the roof was rocking up and down. It looks like a scene out of a war movie. Rubble piled up and mangled and tangled pieces of metal scattered about and cinder blocks hanging in the balance.

"It was crazy," said Christopher George. He managed the Sherwin Williams store, just steps away from the collapsed vacant building. He was inside this store with a customer when the storm rolled through.

"All of the ceiling tiles would lift up and you could see daylight above. Then, they'd slam back down. They would all go swoosh and then back down," he said.

We could only get a glimpse of what Christopher was talking about through the windows that line his store. That's because part of the roof is gone. The building is blocked off by the building inspector and so too is the other buildings, what's left of it.

Christopher and his customer watched it come tumbling down. "I was thinking our building is next to go, just hoping the building doesn't fall down."

It didn't, luckily.  

The Chesterfield Building Inspectors were out there Thursday morning. Those inspectors are here to make sure the owners do remove anything that's unsafe. Then crews will fence off the building so no one can sneak inside.

For now, Christopher is busy trying to get things cleaned up.  He even set up a table outside his doors, to tell his customers his shop is closed.

"We have a lot of work to do," says Christopher.

Also, the inspectors will be working with the owner of the buildings to make sure they are either remodeled, rebuilt or demolished for good.

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