Dozens of families displaced after pillars of Alexandria condo building shift

ALEXANDRIA, Va. --Monday night, the management company that runs the River Towers Condominiums met with dozens of families that have been displaced since Sunday, when part of the building started to collapse.

32 units in building 6631 on Wakefield Drive were deemed unsafe after pillars that hold the building up started to give way.

Officials said the building shifted a few inches, but the people who were home at the time, told DCW50 it felt more like an earthquake.

Monday, crews continued to asses the scene and worked to reinforce the pillars.

Fairfax County’s building inspector said the structure was built in the 1960’s and overtime, rust and moisture started to damage the columns from the inside out, so the erosion was not noticeable to the naked eye.

A day later, the big question families had was how do they know if or when the building will be safe again.

“With the amount of time it took the water damage and everything, can you prove that this is going to be safe for families to be in there?” asked building tenant Marie Smith.

As of Monday evening, the buildings were being surveyed by an outside company. Once that is finished, Fairfax County officials said there will be more information on this building’s safety and when families can return.