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Century-old building comes down in West Branch

WEST BRANCH (KWWL) -- A 103-year-old building in West Branch collapsed during renovations Friday. The old U.S. Post Office, located at the corner of Main St. and Poplar St. was being converted into a winery.  The structure was built in 1907 and had been home to gas stations for a half-century until earlier this year when the last gas station operator decided to relocate.

The West Branch Times Newspaper reports no one was hurt when the brick building started coming down around 6:15 p.m. Friday.  Construction crews arrived at the scene within a half hour to keep the east wall from crashing into the building next to it.

Photos from witnesses show crews working to tear down the structure after the collapse.  The pictures show a large hole immediately adjacent to the building in place before the building started to fall, which was a part of the renovation project.

Many people in the town gathered to watch as the historic structure came down.  It's not clear exactly how the winery project will proceed.

Recent rainfall could have made the ground soft.  In the past week, the Iowa City area near West Branch received 1.27 inches of rainfall.

Online Producer: Mike Verlo

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