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Fire Chief: Building will need to be demolished soon

Portion of Main Street to remain closed

February 9, 2012

Marshalltown Fire Chief Steve Edwards said Thursday the fire ravaged building at 135 E. Main St. will need to be demolished or have the walls pushed in before they reopen that section of Main Street near Second Avenue.

There are plans for the owners to arrange the demolition for Thursday with hopes to reopen the road by Thursday night. The building still has all four walls but has been structurally gutted on the inside and it is not safe for traffic and pedestrians to be in the area.

"Our biggest concern right now is the building is really unstable," Edwards said.

Fire crews were taking down their equipment Thursday morning. They did deal with a hot spot at 1:30 a.m. Thursday for about an hour, but it is believed that will be the last time they will have to put water on the structure.

There is sill no indication from the Fire Marshal as to the reason for the fire as the investigation continues.

"They are still putting the pieces together," Edwards said.



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