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June 4, 2014

Bricks fall from downtown building

ANDERSON — Hundreds of bricks fell Wednesday from a vacant downtown building, forcing a section of Meridian Street to be closed between Seventh and Eighth streets.

No one was injured in the partial building collapse although two residents were displaced. The accident also knocked down an electrical power pole.

The bricks, which crushed the rear end of a Cadillac DeVille, fell from the back of a three-story building at 735 Meridian St. The car is owned by Jerry Alexander, a real estate investor who has an office on West Eighth Street. He was out of town using another vehicle, said his daughter, Angela Remter.

Remter manages downtown apartments. She was in her office when lights flickered, apparently due to a power pole being downed by the bricks.

Among her tenants is Patrick Jeffers who was outdoors walking his dog when the collapse occurred at about 1:15 p.m.

"The bricks went to the ground quick," Jeffers said.

"It started at the top corner and the bricks shifted right out," Jeffers said. ""They fell after all the rain put weight on."

Jeffers had to seek another place to stay due to the collapse.

The bricks fell across an alley on the north side of the building. The building is owned by a southside Anderson investment firm, which The Herald Bulletin was unable to contact. Previous tenants of the building have included the Madison County Republican Party headquarters and Court-Appointed Special Advocates office.

The alley had been blocked off from traffic by a concrete barricade about a month ago when bricks fell from the building, Remter said.

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