- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) - The city of Evansville is preparing to tear down two downtown buildings after a fire.

The Evansville Courier and Press reports (https://bit.ly/29d6Bmc) that the city filed an emergency raze order Tuesday for the damaged buildings. Demolition could start as early as next week and will leave a two-building gap in the city’s Main Street facade.

The Friday evening blaze started in a vacant building and spread to an adjoining arts and music building. Evansville fire officials haven’t said what caused the blaze.

The newspaper reports that the city will pay upfront for the demolitions but property owners will be responsible for the costs.

Two other buildings sustained smoke and water damage in the fire but don’t have to be demolished.

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Information from: Evansville Courier & Press, https://www.courierpress.com

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