UPDATE: Bricks and metal tumble down with a cloud of debris in Ida Grove
IDA GROVE, Iowa (KTIV) -
Bricks and metal come tumbling down in a cloud of dust and debris.
That's how witnesses describe the collapse of a historic building in downtown Ida Grove on Saturday night.
Around 8:15 p.m., an unoccupied building on Second Street collapsed.
Authorities say the side wall of the building caved in, causing the roof and other walls to tear away from the building next door.
Some who heard the building come down compared it to the sound of an earthquake.
"When I got home last night, I was unloading the van and I heard a big crash. I looked down towards town, and I saw what I thought was smoke. So my husband and I got back in the van and we went downtown and the building had collapsed," said Ida Grove resident, Janet Brinkman.
People in town say the building has been unoccupied for three years, but has had its fair share of businesses over the last century.
The last business to occupy the building was a consignment store.
The age of the building is unknown, but the building next door was built in 1901.
"The bricks in the building were manufactured locally at a place called Wurtz Brickyard... In fact, they manufactured the bricks for almost all the older buildings in the downtown area and also most of the older homes," said Ida Grove resident, Steve Wilkins.
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