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Building under demolition partially collapses in downtown Seattle

A building partially collapsed in Seattle on Saturday. (KIRO7)

A crew is working to get debris back onto a demolition site after parts of the building landed on a street and sidewalk in downtown Seattle Saturday.

A Seattle Fire spokesman said a construction crew was demolishing what used to be a bank building at Third Avenue and Marion Street when part of the building began to overhang onto Third Avenue and was inching toward power lines used by King County Metro Transit around 4:30 p.m.

The Seattle Department of Transportation closed Third Avenue between Columbia Street and Marion Street.

Seattle Fire said the power lines are the primary reason the street is closed.

“If the building collapses and severs these lines, these lines can fly because there’s high tension on them, so as a safety precaution, we want to make sure we close access on both sides of Third Avenue just in case these high voltage lines come down,” said David Cuerpo with Seattle Fire.

Seattle City Light is working with King County Metro to shut off the power lines.

There are no reports of injuries.

Metro Transit said buses are being rerouted in between Madison and Cherry Streets through the end of service Saturday night.

Riders should use regular posted stops on Third Avenue, north of Madison Street or south of Cherry Street and expect delays.

A 36-story, 807,000-square-foot office building will be built on the site, according to Pacific Northwest real estate website The Registry.



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