Historic building in suburban Kansas City collapses

9 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago May 03, 2016 May 3, 2016 Tuesday, May 03 2016 Tuesday, May 03, 2016 1:39:00 PM CDT in News
By: The Associated Press

LIBERTY (AP) — Authorities said that a building has partially collapsed on the historic square in the Kansas City suburb of Liberty.

Liberty city fire marshal Dustin Paddack said there are no known injuries but that a rescue team is searching the rubble as a precaution. The collapse happened around 8:50 a.m. Tuesday at the building, which is across from the Clay County Courthouse and Liberty City Hall.

The building was built in the 1880s and was last used as a furniture store. It was being expanded for retail space. A neighboring microbrewery also planned to use part of the building.

The cause of the collapse was not immediately known. Police have closed off several streets surrounding the building. Crews also are evaluating the structural integrity of neighboring buildings.

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