Demolition of building impacted by Gatesville explosion postponed

Posted at 7:11 PM, Aug 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-20 20:32:54-04

A demolition scheduled for Monday at the site of the explosion at Coryell Memorial hospital two months ago was pushed back a few days.

Crews received the go-ahead from state agencies to move forward with the demolition after it was determined that it was safe to move forward from an environmental standpoint.

Currently, crews are turning off the electricity and medical gas supply for the property.

"We want to open these services up, have this new state-of-the-art operating room and have this new hospital open. It means a lot to our staff, to our patients and to our community to be able to have this down. That means a lot to everybody. That way we can start fresh and move forward," Coryell Memorial Healthcare System Director of Marketing Carly Latham said.

The demolition will now occur later this week or next week. After it's completed, the building foundation will be checked for officials to decide whether to rebuild in that same location.

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