Tallassee Woman Killed After House Collapses



After a long, emotional day, only a few remain at the scene where there were once hundreds.

“Praying and hoping that it would turn out for the best but unfortunately they ended up going the direction they did,” said Chief Jimmy Rodgers, Tallassee Police Department.

62-year-old Elinor Dallas was preparing the home for demolition when it collapsed.

The person working with her was able to escape but unfortunately, Dallas did not.

“It appears that from no movement or anything of that nature that she probably died on impact,” explains Rodgers.

Chief Jimmy Rodgers was one of the first to arrive after the accident and tried lifting the broken structure with his bare hands.

He did all he could to save the familiar face inside.

“She was well known in this community which is referred to in Tallassee as the Jordendale community. She is a person that you see on a daily basis.”

Today, she was working an odd job to make some extra money for her family.

A job Councilman Charles Blalock says she wasn't trained to do.

“Take today as a warning and work towards this not happening again.”

This accident may change some city policies. Councilman Blalock says he's looking into introducing an ordinance to regulate residential demolitions.

“I'm thinking about possibly putting into play this kind of work being done by experts... So called certified contractors in the near future,” said Blalock.

For now, Blalock joins Chief Rodgers and the rest of the community as they mourn the loss of a beloved resident.

Funeral arrangements are expected to be held for Dallas the first of next week.

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