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Texas Building Collapse Injures 3

December 4, 2002

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AP) _ A five-story building being renovated in downtown San Antonio collapsed Wednesday morning, injuring at least three construction workers and raining debris onto a busy street.

Authorities were searching the rubble for anyone else who could have been trapped when the facade and floors of the building fell about 8:45 a.m. CST.

About 20 workers were at the site at the time, said Sgt. Gabe Trevino of the San Antonio Police Department. He said the injured were all identified as construction workers.

The facade of the building, first constructed in the 1880s and sandwiched between two other downtown buildings, had been propped up and was to be preserved while the rest of the building was being rebuilt, Trevino said.

Mounds of broken bricks covered the sidewalk after the collapse but no pedestrians were reported injured.

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