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PHOTOS: Historic South Side Building Dismantled After Fire And Partial Collapse

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A bulldozer knocks down a brick wall from a building that once stood on the 1100 block of East Carson Street on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021.

Workers continue to dismantle the charred building on the 1100 block of East Carson Street. The structure caught fire Monday and partially collapsed. The South Side Chamber of Commerce, a barber shop and six tenants had been using the 140-year-old building.

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A worker pries the base of a light pole from the concrete in front of the building.
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Workers swept up bricks and other debris as the bulldozer sent them hurdling toward the ground. Nearby, a large truck was poised to remove the pile.
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The four-alarm fire caused many roadways around the building to be closed earlier this week.

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Passersby pause to watch the bulldozers and workers.
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East Carson Street has reopened to traffic, but several adjacent roadways are still closed.

Katie Blackley is a digital editor/producer for 90.5 WESA, where she writes, edits and generates both web and on-air content for features and daily broadcast. She's the producer and host of our Good Question! series and podcast. She also covers history and the LGBTQ community. kblackley@wesa.fm
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