An Illinois lawsuit claims structural deficiencies are to blame for the collapse of an Amazon warehouse

According to a lawyer, the Amazon building was not structurally sound. Both Amazon and the city of Edwardsville dispute the claim.
Amazon’s facility that was hit by a tornado in December 2021 is now the subject of a wrongful death lawsuit.
An EF-3 tornado hit a building in Edwardsville, killing six people.
Information about first responders concerns that the building was not up to code was revealed through a Freedom of Information Act request to West County Fire and EMS.

According to the attorney for the family filing the lawsuit, the first responders saw columns inside the building that were not “welded or bolted at the base, but instead showed only a “bead of something that appeared to be caulk around the column at the finished floor line before adding they were very concerned about the stability of the remaining walls and suspended steelwork.”

A spokesperson for Amazon says it’s too early to speculate about structural issues in the building.

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