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Building collapse blocks morning commute

A partial collapse of a building blocked a lane of traffic Monday morning in Edina, Mo. (Echo Menges/Edina Sentinel)

Another partial collapse of an Edina building reduced traffic on Highway 6 to one lane Monday morning.

The Edina Sentinel reports that police received a report of the collapse at 100 South Main Street just before 7:30 a.m.

Edina Police Chief Ryan Bishop, Superintendent of Utilities Joe Dimmitt and city work crew member Jason Bell arrived quickly to move debris off the road with a backhoe and direct traffic. By 7:55, both lanes had reopened.

The collapse came after a long period of rain overnight.

It’s not the first time the building has crumbled onto the street. The “Old Stagecoach Building” was partially demolished in May 2016 after being declared unsafe, but the demolition was never completed.

An arrest warrant for the owner, Anita Woodburn, of Birch Tree, Mo., was issued after the building lay untouched for more than a year. The criminal complaint indicated Woodburn had ignored phone calls and written correspondence from the city, and officials considered the downtown eyesore a serious safety hazard.

Woodburn could face a fine of $100 per day for every day the building has been in violation of city ordinance, making the potential fine thousands of dollars.

The arrest warrant reportedly remains active.

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