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The Journal Gazette

Friday, September 14, 2018 10:30 am

Streets blocked in Ind. community as old building drops bricks

Associated Press

ALEXANDRIA, Ind. --Police blocked streets in a central Indiana community after a century-old building began collapsing, dropping bricks along its main corridor.

Alexandria Police Chief Matthew Ellis ordered the streets blocked Thursday afternoon to protect pedestrians and motorists after bricks started falling from the buckled upper facade of the early 1900s building.

Ellis told The Herald Bulletin of Anderson the roads will remain blocked until the building is razed, likely within days.

Onlookers gathered near the building to take photos of the old building.

Alexandria resident Nicole Campbell said the old building's impending demolition will be a cultural loss for the Madison County community of about 5,000 residents about 40 miles northeast of Indianapolis.