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Part of building collapses in downtown Cedar Rapids

Bricks and other masonry work are seen on the sidewalk in front of Jimmy John's at the intersection of 3rd Street SE and
Bricks and other masonry work are seen on the sidewalk in front of Jimmy John’s at the intersection of 3rd Street SE and 4th Avenue SE in Cedar Rapids on Saturday, July 25, 2020. Some of the stone had already fallen and some was loose and being torn town by a worker. (Andy Abeyta/The Gazette)
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CEDAR RAPIDS — A partial building collapse at the intersection of Third Street and Fourth Avenue SE in downtown Cedar Rapids at 10:45 p.m. Friday led to bricks and limestone covering the sidewalks and part of the streets.

A caller to the 911 emergency phone line said it sounded like an explosion when the bricks hit the streets, according to the Public Safety department.

A parked vehicle along the street was severely damaged by debris.

Preliminary information is that the front brick and decoration on the building released and fell from the seventh floor and above, according to a news release from the city.

A Jimmy John’s restaurant is on the ground floor of the building.

Police and the city’s Streets Department still were securing the scene Saturday morning.

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