Building partially collapses in downtown Champaign


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) – A building partially collapsed in Downtown Champaign on Saturday.

The Old Chester Street Bar suffered a structural collapse, located at 63 East Chester Street.

Initial reports indicate there was renovation work underway at the building, but it is unclear whether the cause was related to work or from storms that moved through the area on Saturday.

WCIA was there with the Sky 3 Drone assessing the damage to the building.

A press release from the Champaign Fire Department says the building was vacant. Crews also closed nearby streets — including Chester and Water streets — in case more of the structure falls apart.

CFD says a passerby reported the collapse to dispatchers, adding the back of the building collapsed.

No firefighters were hurt. CFD says the cause of the collapse is not known.

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