- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 9, 2015

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The awning of a block-long building that houses five businesses in Norfolk’s West Freemason Street Area Historic District has collapsed.

Multiple news outlets report the building collapsed Monday afternoon, closing several businesses. Officials say crews performed two searches, did not find anyone inside and no injuries were reported. All five business spaces were occupied, but it was unclear how many people were inside the building at the time of the collapse.

The cause of the collapse is unknown. Damage appeared to be limited to the building.

Officials say it is too early to know when the businesses might reopen.

West Freemason was the first neighborhood in Norfolk to be rebuilt after the city was nearly destroyed during the Revolutionary War.

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