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Building in North Carolina city in danger of collapse

June 8, 2018

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Officials in a North Carolina city have closed a city block because of the threat of a building collapse.

News outlets reported a block was closed Thursday because of the threat of collapse of a three-story building housing a business on the ground floor and apartments on the upper floors.

Wilmington spokeswoman Malissa Talbert said those living in the building have been evacuated as crews work to stabilize the building. The street is expected to be closed for two weeks.

The owner of the first-floor business, Jake Motsinger, says he has not been allowed to retrieve products he’s sold online. Motsinger says renovations were expected to start next week, but engineers discovered structural concerns.

Most other businesses on the block are open, though the street is closed.

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