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MOORES HILL, Ind. - An Indiana family feels lucky to be alive after a three-story building next door to their home collapsed Wednesday night.
The city-owned building, located at 14542 in Moores Hill, Ind., unexpectedly collapsed between 9 and 10 p.m.
Officials say no one was injured, but when the fire department arrived, one of the firefighters realized that his family lived next door to the collapsing building.
"Came to my house and instantly thought, 'Where's my mom? Where's my sister? I need to make sure they're OK,'" said firefighter Robert Taylor.
The president of the town board, Lanny Dell, was one step ahead of the fire department.
"Lanny Dell came banging on the door, like 'You need to get out! You can't be here! You gotta get out!'" said Stevie Taylor, Robert's sister.
Pieces of the vacant building have been falling for years, which is why the incident prompted officials and residents to take immediate action.
"I actually had a truck parked in the side yard and had a 2X6 land on the windshield and bust it," said Robert Taylor.
The building was originally used as part of a science wing for a college, but remained unused since 2007. The town recently took ownership of the property with the intent of tearing it down.
"The Town of Moores Hill understood the eminent danger and has diligently pursued funding to remove the condemned building," said officials in a press release.
An emergency town meeting was held Thursday afternoon to find a bidder on the project. A contractor came forward and the building is set to be demolished over the next three days, starting Friday.
A green space will temporarily be placed in the lot after the building is removed until a business is able to relocate in the area, officials say.
The area around the building remains closed for the time being, but officials say access to the post office, Main Street, and North and South Broadway remains open.
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