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Historic Albany building collapses

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Updated: 8/11 7:51 pm

ALBANY, N.Y. – Construction crews were inside a downtown Albany building Monday when it partially collapsed.

The city spokesperson said construction crews were working in the building at 1 Columbia Place at the time of the collapse. Everyone made it out safely, according to the spokesperson.

Albany Chief Inspector Carlo Filgliomeni said the fire department was called around 2:30 p.m. for a partial building collapse. Filgliomeni said the building aws recently purchased privately, and the owner had gotten the permits to do stabilization work.

No one has been back inside the building since the collapse, but the inspector said the building is historic and crews will attempt to save it.

“Part of it has collapsed,” Figliomeni said. “We are in the process right now to get engineers here to figure out a method of correction here and stabilization of this building. This is a historic building. It will not be coming down.”

Diana Waite, an Albany architectural writer, said the building housed Albany sculpture artists in the 1850s.

Officials said crews are monitoring asbestos levels, and the surrounding buildings are not in danger of collapse.

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