Downtown Lansing church wall could collapse

Posted at 3:44 PM, Mar 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-09 09:10:10-05

Police have closed the intersection of Capitol and Ottawa in Lansing due to fears that a church may collapse

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, on the corner of Seymour and Ottawa has an exterior wall that might be unsafe.

Police say there's a crack in the building and some interior damage.

The church's pastor says she walked in around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday to find debris and pieces of insulation that had fallen to the ground.

They are concerned that the front facade of the building may give way, they have building inspectors at the building but do not feel it's safe to work on.

The pastor of the church Karen Lewis says, she's asking for prayers.

"I'm not afraid but my gut is sick," said Lewis. "It's going to do what it's going to do but this is a strong community and it's a community that will hold together and do what it needs to do."

The church is 102-years-old.

An engineer will be on site Thursday to perform a further inspection of the damage done to the front of the building.