Portion of historic Lemp Brewery collapses in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS — Part of the historic Lemp Brewery building in St. Louis collapsed Sunday, destroying more than 700 bicycles in storage there.

More than 700 bicycles being stored there were destroyed when the building came crashing down around 9 a.m., the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. A portion of the building was being used by St. Louis Bicycle Works, a group that teaches children bicycle safety and maintenance.

“Our bikes are underneath likely tons of bricks,” Parick Van Der Tuin, executive director of the nonprofit, told the Post-Dispatch. “It’s just devastating to look at.”

Rubble and debris were sent flying when the multi-story brick building fell, KSDK reported. Nearby residents were evacuated in case more of the building topples, KTVI reported.

There were no injuries immediately reported, the fire department said.

The cause of the collapse has not been released.

The brewery was originally built in the 1860s. The building is a popular tourist attraction known for its ghost tours.