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MURPHYSBORO — After a strong pop-up thunderstorm, a building on 10th Street in Murphysboro partially collapsed Monday.

Murphysboro Mayor Will Stephens said that sometime after noon Monday an exceptionally strong thunderstorm went through the city and dropped a lot of rain in not a lot of time. He said the storm also downed trees and caused some brief power outages.

Stephens said the former Gillenberg Furniture building on 10th Street took considerable damage.

“We got an incredible amount of rain in a short amount of time and I think the roof just couldn’t handle it,” he said of the building’s partial roof collapse. However, he said no official determination has been made as to what has caused the collapse.

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Stephens said there were no injuries and said that this portion of the building had been vacant for some time.

The building is connected to the Jackson County Supervisor of Assessments’ Office and Stephens said it was unclear how that would affect office hours Tuesday. He also said it was likely that 10th and Walnut streets, as well as Ninth Street, will be closed to traffic Tuesday.

Stephens said he believed the old Gillenberg building to be the oldest building in Murphysboro, and it was built in the late 1800s.

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