DAVENPORT, Iowa — The day before Memorial Day 2023, a 911 call came in just before 5:00 p.m.
An apartment building at 324 Main St. in Davenport, Iowa had partially collapsed with residents still inside. The photos below are from June 1, several days after the collapse.
Onlookers gathered quickly, not knowing exactly what happened.
Davenport Police Officers and Davenport Firefighters arrived on the scene and established a perimeter and cordoned off the building and neighboring streets.
Then on Monday, May 29, the City of Davenport said the building was set to be demolished the following day. This drew ire from the public and protests began almost immediately because there were still multiple people unaccounted for.
"Believe me, we understand the significance of this tragedy and the significance and the terrible sadness that the families are going through for their unaccounted relatives," Davenport Mayor Mike Matson said on May 31. "Understanding that there's a possibility, as you heard the chief say, a strong possibility that this is a resting place. There is no other focus for us and my guidance and everybody else's focus has been the same and will continue to be the same. When we [demolish the building], this has to be done in that manner."
Just hours after the City's demolition announcement, a woman was found still inside the building, waving from a window, calling for help.
Flowers, candles and effects were laid out in support of the victims known and unknown.
On Friday, June 2, an Iowa task force announced it completed its search for survivors.
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