Building at Lemp Brewery collapses, destroying hundreds of bicycles –

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A building at the Lemp Brewery complex collapsed Sunday morning, destroying 700 bicycles stored there.

No one was injured in the collapse of the six-story brick building, which happened shortly after 9 a.m., at Cherokee and 18th streets. St. Louis BWorks, whose charter program is St. Louis Bicycle Works, was using part of the building to store at least 700 bicycles, said Patrick Van Der Tuin, the nonprofit’s executive director.

The group teaches children about bicycle safety and maintenance; giving them a free bicycle at the end of the program. 

“Our bikes are underneath likely tons of bricks,” Van Der Tuin said at the scene of the collapse. “It’s just devastating to look at.”

He said he reported sections of loose bricks that had popped out from the wall to the complex’s owner, Shashi Palamand. Caution tape had been put up just last week, said Dan Guenther, alderman for the 9th Ward.

Police and first responders searched the scene with K-9s and did not find anyone inside the building. Utility workers responded to turn off water, gas and electrical connections.

The Lemp Brewery complex is a campus of 29 buildings between Cherokee Street, South Broadway and Lemp Avenue, owned by the Historic Lemp Brewery LLC. The building that collapsed is building number 20. 

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