'It was crazy' - Arcola building collapse

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ARCOLA, Ill. (WAND) – It was loud and ended in seconds.  A building on Main Street in downtown Arcola partially collapsed late Thursday night.

“My husband and I jumped out of bed actually and looked out the window and saw it and called the officer on duty,” said Cara Roberts who lives next door to the building.  “As soon as we walked downstairs and came outside all we could see is just a cloud of dust everywhere.”

Roberts heard the building collapse shortly before 11pm.

“All I heard was like a garbage truck dumping metal into a big tin,” Roberts told WAND’s Doug Wolfe.  “Metal or glass being dumped just for about ten to fifteen seconds.  It was crazy.”

Arcola Mayor Larry Ferguson was on the scene shortly after the structure collapsed at E. Main Street and Collins Street.  Ferguson says businesses on Main were closed Friday as a safety measure.  Those on the opposite side of Main Street are expected to be allowed to reopen on Saturday.

A portion of the building started to collapse a few weeks ago but was repaired.  No one was injured in Thursday nights collapse. 

(Picture - Partially collapsed building in downtown Arcola on Friday, April 27, 2018)

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