Elyria chocolate shop suffers partial collapse of an exterior wall during high winds

ELYRIA, Ohio (WOIO) – 19 News has learned that high winds of about 60 miles per hour may be partially responsible for the partial collapse of the facade of an Elyria business on Thursday.

Large pieces of sandstone crashed down onto the sidewalk from the century-old building that houses Suzin L. Chocolatier located on Broad Street. It happened around 2:30 p.m.

Elyria officials found no structural damage to the building’s interior and found no serious hazards except for where the debris fell, breaking several front windows and the awning.

Officials confirmed nobody was hurt as a result of the collapse.

Elyria Fire Chief Joseph Pronesti said the owners will be able to stay in business and will be consulting a contractor to begin repairs.

Garth Grimes who owns Suzin L. Chocolatier with his wife says they are relieved no one was hurt and thankful, they will be open during their busiest and most profitable days of the year, February 13th and February 14th, which is of course Valentine’s Day, “You know it’s what our biggest fear was — when we found out no one was hurt, we were like we’ve got to be open for Valentine’s Day.”

A high fence has been put around the front of the building where the blocks of sandstone fell, and remaining pieces will be removed by professionals on Friday. The store is also expected to be back open on Friday.

The owners are thankful their entrance has always been on the side of the building which was not impacted by the damage.

This is a developing story. Return to 19 News for updates.

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