January 25, 2012 at 4:37 PM CST - Updated June 26 at 9:07 AM
Authorities are confirming the identity of a woman killed after a house she was helping prepare for demolition collapsed on top of her.
Tallassee Police Chief Jimmy Rogers identified the woman as 62-year-old Elinor Dallas.
Dallas and a second contract worker were loosening boards inside the structure, located at the corner of 1st Avenue and Oak Street in Tallassee, when the building's support beams gave way and caved in around 10:00am Wednesday.
The other person, not identified, was able to crawl out of the rubble before being taken to the hospital by family members.
First responders attempted to comb through the debris to reach the pinned woman, but they were unable to reach Dallas before she died from her injuries.
The house was originally thought to be condemned, but Mayor George McCain said the city of Tallassee wrote a letter to the owners asking them to fix the structure or tear it down. The owners made the decision to demolish the house.