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Historic Webber Department Store building in Montgomery partially collapses

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Emergency responders are investigating a partial building collapse in downtown Montgomery.

City of Montgomery spokesman Griffith Waller says a partial collapse of the historic Webber Department Store building Thursday afternoon prompted street closures in the nearby area.

The building was a theater before it was repurposed into a department store. The building is being renovated into a mixed-use retail, residential and office complex.

The Webber building was constructed in 1860. It hosted performances by John Wilkes Booth - an actor who later assassinated President Abraham Lincoln - and was the scene of an early civil rights movement protest.

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