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Roof Collapsed In Downtown Warren

Last updated on Sunday, July 7, 2013

(WARREN) - The Huntington County Sheriff’s Department said no one was seriously hurt when part of a building collapsed in downtown Warren Friday night.

WANE TV reports, the building in the 100 block of North Wayne Street is vacant now, but is the former site of Gene's Market.

Witnesses who had gathered in the area for a parade reported hearing loud pops or snaps just before the roof caved in. Debris scattered on the street below.

Huntington County Deputy Sheriff Ron Boxell said no one was seriously hurt. He said the Salamonie Summer Festival will continue.

"The damage is very extensive," said Sheriff Boxell. "We're not sure of the structural status. We're also getting reports that there could be gas inside so we're trying to keep everyone away and safe."

Boxell said the cause of the collapse is unknown.

The sheriff's department still has concerns that the rest of the building could come crumbling down because there was only one roof supporting the entire structure

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