Crews tear down troubled Kinkead Building

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO) - This week, crews are demolishing the six-story Kinkead building in Carson City.

It's a place many state workers worked after it was built in 1975, but its defects are legendary. One of the problems was the sagging floors, which some workers claimed made them ill.

"Very few people," says Ken Scarbrough, Project Manager for the State of Nevada Public Works Board. "However, after 30 years, the stories go on and get exaggerated. So yes, some people have gotten sick, primarily due to the sloping floors and the optics of the building."

Scarbrough says the building was vacated in 2005 and it was supposed to be demolished in 2007, but the funding wasn't there until now. He says they're hoping to have the building down by the end of the week. After they clean up the area, it will be empty space for a while.

"As of right now, there is nothing officially scheduled for here," says Scarbrough.

The demolition is costing about $926,000. The reason it wasn't imploded is that would have cost more.

But for many of the residents who have gathered around to watch the building go down, witnessing an event like this is priceless.

"I've never seen anything like this before," says Lynn Hill, a Carson City resident. "It reminds me of washing a dinosaur take a big bite out of the building."

"Never seen anything like this before. It's really unusual," says Ray Fischer, who stood in the cold to watch.