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Part of Iowa Building Torn Down to Avoid Collapse

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FAIRFIELD, Iowa (AP) Part of an old building in eastern Iowa has been torn down over concerns it might collapse.

The Fairfield Fire Department says it responded to an emergency call Tuesday afternoon about the structural integrity of the building, located near the town square. Businesses and apartments near the building were temporarily evacuated.

Officials say the north wall of the building appeared to be leaning outward, and there was concern it would collapse into the street. An excavating company came in and tore down some of the structure to avoid potential injuries.

The Ottumwa Courier reports the building had been home to a printing company until a few weeks ago. It is now fenced off and will eventually be completely torn down.