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Building collapse

A contractor removed a load-bearing wall in the basement of a Southwest Side apartment building, causing a partial collapse earlier this month, the Madison Fire Department said.

A Madison contractor will be fined for work that led to the partial collapse of a Southwest Side apartment building that displaced dozens of residents, Madison’s building inspector said.

Meyer Painting and Drywall removed a load-bearing wall April 8 while working in the basement of Summit Hill Apartments, 1202 McKenna Blvd., according to the Madison Fire Department.

“The city is in the process of issuing a citation to Meyer Painting for doing work without a permit,” building inspector George Hank said.

Steve Meyer with Meyer Painting declined to comment, saying he planned to issue a statement later.

A message left for a spokesman for Summit Hill was not returned Thursday.

While many residents are able to return home, two units remain uninhabitable, Hank said.

“There were two units that had substantially more damage to the walls that was going to take some more time,” Hank said.

No injuries were reported in the collapse.

Engineered Construction, of Verona, has been hired to do the reconstruction, Hank said.

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Shelley K. Mesch is a general assignment reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal. She earned a degree in journalism from DePaul University.