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Building collapses during northeast Indiana festival

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The roof of a former grocery store collapsed during a street festival in northeastern Indiana Friday night.

The roof and top portion of the former Gene's Market collapsed during the Salamonie Summer Festival in Warren. Brick and glass debris fell into the street, near where festival goers had watched a parade minutes before.

At least four blocks of streets around the building on North Wayne Street are being closed as structural engineers examine the integrity of the building, before firefighters can access the building.

Only minor injuries are reported in the collapse.

"Terribly unfortunate for the festival and for the festivities that are going on here, but truly a blessing that nobody was severely injured. Because we could have had a major tragedy here," said Huntington County Deputy Sheriff Ron Boxell.

Several Eyewitness News viewers have submitted pictures of the damage, showing bricks piling onto North Wayne Street.

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