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6 in Toledo building that collapsed Monday

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TOLEDO (KWWL) - Part of a building collapsed in downtown Toledo Monday night, apparently displacing a family of six that had apparently been living there in violation of the city zoning code.

It happened along the 100 block of West High Street between 10:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.

A wall and part of the roof collapsed, leaving the alley filled with bricks and debris.

Police in Toledo initially told KWWL the building had been vacant for some time, but now say the building was occupied and no one was hurt.

Neighbors tell us that a family of six had just moved in a few days ago, but the City of Toledo confirmed that the building was not zoned as residential.

Toledo Fire Chief and city council member Joe Boll said it appears the collapse was due to remodeling going on in the building.

Several buildings in downtown Toledo are also structurally unsound, Boll said.

Police say they don't know how sound the rest of the building is, so an apartment next door has also been evacuated. An engineer with the Iowa Department of Inspection took a look at it Tuesday.

For now, the area remains roped off.

Michelle Corless contributed to this report.
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