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No injuries, major mess after Murray building collapses

BY KATHLEEN FOXkfox@paducahsun.com

MURRAY - Officials began the process of determining the cause of a building that collapsed Saturday and resulted in power outages and traffic detours in downtown on Sunday.

The building, at the corner of South Fourth Street and Ky. 94/Main Street in the northeast corner of the Court Square, collapsed Saturday night, according to Calloway County Sheriff Bill Marcum.

Officers from the sheriff's department, Murray Police Department, Murray Fire Department and Calloway County Fire-Rescue responded to the scene, 314 Main St., about 10:30 p.m. There were no injuries reported as a result of the collapse and no one was inside at the time. The cause of the collapse has not been determined, Marcum said.

He said the two-story building housed businesses, one of which was a law office. The address listed on the website the law office of Rick Jones. A structural engineer will survey the area and determine the safety of other buildings nearby the site, on the 300 block of Main Street, according to Keith Todd, spokesman for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

He said due to the collapse traffic on highways and streets has been heavily restricted, causing rerouting of motorists and shutting off power in some adjacent buildings. Tony Page CPA is located next door to the collapsed structure, at 312 Main St., and Pierce & Associates is located at 310 Main St. A Regions Bank branch is located directly across the street at 101 S Fourth St.

Traffic was blocked in the area following the collapse and additional temporary traffic patterns were implemented around the downtown area. Truck traffic in and through downtown Murray has been restricted at Main Street and Industrial Road; 12th Street and Main Street; U.S. 641 Business/Ky. 121/Fourth Street and Glendale Road; and Fourth Street and Chestnut Street. The downtown area is closed to all traffic at the intersection of Third Street and Main Street and Walnut Street and Main Street, according to Todd.

Emergency closures have been placed at all restricted locations. Crews from the state and county transportation cabinets are working to have marked detours in place by today. Todd urged drivers to avoid the area if possible.

Marcum said city and county officials were on the scene to determine the next steps of the cleanup process. He said power and gas are shut off to nearby buildings as a precautionary measure.

Contact Kathleen Fox, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8651 or follow @kathleendfox on Twitter.

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