ALEXANDRIA, Ind. (AP) - Police blocked streets in a central Indiana city after a century-old building began collapsing, dropping bricks along its main corridor.

Alexandria Police Chief Matthew Ellis ordered the streets blocked Thursday afternoon to protect pedestrians and motorists after bricks started falling from the buckled upper facade of the early 1900s building.

Ellis tells The Herald Bulletin that the roads will remain blocked until the building is razed, likely within days.

Onlookers gathered near the building to take photos of the old building.

Alexandria resident Nicole Campbell said the old building's impending demolition will be a cultural loss for the Madison County city of about 5,000 residents that's about 40 miles northeast of Indianapolis.

Information from: The Herald Bulletin, http://www.theheraldbulletin.com

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