Man dies after roof collapses

Rose Cooper

December 20, 2013

The man who was injured while working to dismantle a condemned house in Wilmington on Thursday afternoon, died early Friday morning in Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, according to the Wilmington Police Department.

The victim was identified as Jimmy Minix, 57, of Scottsville, Ky., said Chief Detective Josh Riley of the police department. He died Friday around 6 a.m.

Riley said Minix was an independent contractor and was one of several men working to dismantle the condemned house on Mulberry Street in Wilmington.

“He was on the front porch when the entire thing went down,” Riley said.

The roof of the wrap-around porch collapsed Thursday afternoon around 2:45 p.m. “He was crushed by the roof,” Riley said.

The Minix family came to Wilmington to talk to city officials.

“This is truly a tragic accident,” Riley said. “Our hearts just break for the family. We just want to reach out and give them a hug.”

Following the accident, Minix was taken to Clinton Memorial Hospital and was then transferred by CareFlight medical helicopter to Miami Valley.

The vacant house, on the 100 block of North Mulberry Street near downtown Wilmington, is being demolished through Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, according to Larry Reinsmith, Wilmington’s director of public service.

The investigation into the accident is continuing.

“OSHA and other agencies will be looking at it,” Riley said. “It was an extremely old house and was in disrepair.”

The property owner lives outside Clinton County, according to Wilmington Mayor Randy Riley.