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Partial building collapse in downtown Cleveland

Partial building collapse in downtown Cleveland (Source: Andrew DiMarco) Partial building collapse in downtown Cleveland (Source: Andrew DiMarco)
Partial building collapse in downtown Cleveland (Source: Ailise Jacobs) Partial building collapse in downtown Cleveland (Source: Ailise Jacobs)
Several intersections closed around collapse site (Source: Google Maps) Several intersections closed around collapse site (Source: Google Maps)
DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

Bricks and debris fell from a downtown Cleveland building Monday afternoon, smashing one vehicle on East 6th Street near Vincent Avenue and causing quite a scare.

Andrew Demarco had just finished deliveries for Tea House Noodles when he saw part of the old National City Bank building crumble to the ground.

"And I see all this stuff like falling through the sky," said Demarco, who described the sound like a boom.

Tryrone Wagner also saw it happen. He says a strong gust of wind hit around 4:15 p.m.

"You see it's about to rain it sounded like a thunderstorm," said Wagner.

The building is not occupied. The new owners, Corning Place LLC bought it back in January. It is managed by Millennia Housing Management.

"There was no ongoing construction in the building, we are surprised this occurred," said Jeff Crossman with Millennia Housing Management.

Cleveland Police say that due to unstable and hazardous conditions of the building, the Bureau of Traffic will keep East 6th Street between Euclid and Superior closed until further notice, along with the westbound lanes of Euclid Avenue from East 9th to East 6th.

Sources tell 19 Action News that the concrete at the top of the building is still weak, some blocks barely staying in place.

Engineers are being brought in to make sure the area is safe and prevent further damage.

One witness says he saw someone standing behind a minivan that was crushed by the debris.

"He looked up and someone told him to run and he just ran," the witness said.

Andrew Demarco is still shaken up, saying he was minutes away from disaster.

"I just think, what if I would have been riding my bike down there? Like I'd be dead."

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