No injuries in partial building collapse

Part of the upper story of a century-old-plus building collapsed Sunday morning in downtown Rockdale

  There were no injuries reported Sunday morning when part of the upper story of a downtown Rockdale building collapsed onto a sidewalk.

  Part of the Western Divas building, corner of Cameron and Main (US 79 and FM 908), fell onto the Cameron Avenue sidewalk about 11 a.m.

   It was Sunday and the business was closed. However there were customers next door on the Main Street side at Corona's Mexican Restaurant. They reported hearing the collapse. Police evacuated the restaurant and closed it temporarily as a safety precaution.

   The collapse brought a quick response. Rockdale's police station is across Cameron Avenue and less than one block away.

   The building is owned by Betty Jensen and was the former longtime site of Hodges Man's Shop.

  It's the third 19th-Century building collapse--or partial collapse--in downtown Rockdale in the past 12 years. On Thanksgiving evening, 2004, the former Garcia Building, across Main Street and in the same block asWestern Divas, collapsed.

   On Aug. 29-30, 2012, the Cameo Insurance Building, on West Cameron near the Main Steet intersection, collapsed, damaging adjacent structures.


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