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Power restored after further collapse of Pekin Township building

Power has been restored after a partial collapse of the Pekin Township building during demolition work on Thursday.

Power was out for about 600 Ameren customers due to downed power lines immediately after the collapse in downtown Pekin. All power was restored by 4 a.m. Friday.

Pekin Police Chief and interim city manager John Dossey said the south wall collapsed around 4:30 p.m. Thursday while contractors worked on the building. The wall took down several power lines, with some falling into the roadway.

Broadway Street is closed between 4th and Elizabeth streets, and 5th Street is now closed from Broadway to Court Street.

Dossey said emergency personnel were on scene "out of an abundance of caution."

Pekin Township Supervisor Shannon Saal said crews on the site Thursday morning were addressing damage to the roof, and an exterior wall at one an adjacent property in the 400 block of Elizabeth Street.

Saal said it appears the damage was caused by water seeping into the wall over time.

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Collin Schopp is a reporter at WCBU. He joined the station in 2022.