- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 2, 2014

TOLEDO, Iowa (AP) - A state inspector will visit the east-central Iowa city of Toledo on Tuesday as part of an investigation into the partial collapse of a two-story building.

The inspector from the State Fire Marshal’s office will look at the collapsed building as well as surrounding structures, according to Toledo Fire Chief Joe Boll. A wall and part of the roof of the building, located in the downtown area, fell into an alley Monday night. No injuries were reported.

The building housed a business on the ground floor and an apartment on the second floor, Boll said. Several people in the apartment got out safely, though additional information has not been released.

Police evacuated an apartment next door as a precaution, and the evacuation order will remain in effect until the inspector’s evaluation.

“If the adjoining buildings are secure and safe, we will let people get back in them,” he said. “If they are not, I don’t know what the next step would be, quite frankly.”

Boll said it’s unclear what caused the collapse, and it’s a first for the community under his watch.

“This is a pretty major deal,” he said.

A section surrounding the building has been blocked off.


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