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Building constructed in 1880s in Kansas City suburb of Liberty collapses

LIBERTY, Mo. — Authorities say a building has partially collapsed on the historic square in the Kansas City suburb of Liberty.

Liberty city fire marshal Dustin Paddack says there are no known injuries but that a rescue team is searching the rubble as a precaution. The collapse happened around 8:50 a.m. Tuesday at the building, which is across from the Clay County Courthouse and Liberty City Hall.

The building was built in the 1880s and was last used as a furniture store. It was being expanded for retail space. A neighboring microbrewery also planned to use part of the building.

The cause of the collapse was not immediately known. Police have closed off several streets surrounding the building. Crews also are evaluating the structural integrity of neighboring buildings.

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