City building inspectors and other officials were still working Tuesday to find the exact cause of a building collapse Monday in Morrilton’s downtown that killed a young girl.

Morrilton Police Chief Norbert Gunderman said that the inspection was "in the hands of the city." 

The century-old building, located at a downtown cross section along U.S. Highway 64, fell just after noon on Monday, injuring several and killing one two-year-old, Alissa Jones.

Officials with St. Vincent Hospital in Morrilton said that Jones was deceased upon arrival.

Other injured parties were treated and released, but one, according to St. Vincent spokesperson Margaret Preston Dedman, was admitted to the hospital. 

Gunderman said Monday that he believed a shop inside one of the segments of the two-story building had recently changed hands or was seeing renovations.

A representative from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration responded to the area Monday, and according to an Associated Press article, was "trying to determine whether ongoing construction at the bridal shop was to blame."

A Merle Norman studio was also located in one of the collapsed segments.

Morrilton Mayor Stewart Nelson told the AP that one wall left standing inside the building was cause for concern.

Nelson said that the wall was "creaking and groaning all night…" and that people had noticed similar noises at the building in recent days.

 

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