SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - A partial building collapse just after 5 p.m. has part of a street closed in South Bend Friday night.
it happened in the 200 block of Tutt Street near downtown. As you can see in the photo and video above, bricks fell off of the old Sibley Building and poured into the street.
South Bend Fire Department officials said no one was in the building. They said the building's deteriorating state, Thursday night's rain and Friday's strong winds likely caused the collapse.
Officials say the owner was preparing to tear down the building.
"We were called out here for a building collapse," Battalion Chief Chris Baker said. "When we showed up, this is what we had behind us here. Initially, we were unsure in anybody was in there and, obviously, that's our primary concern, so we confirmed with the building owner that there wasn't anybody inside of the structure and went from there. We decided that it would be best to just sit out and let this go as opposed to sending out technical rescue team in to shore it up."
Fire crews have the bricks and part of the street taped off.