Historic hotel collapses in Minneapolis

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MINNEAPOLIS, Kansas — The historic Parker Hotel in downtown Minneapolis collapsed Friday around 5 a.m. at 2nd and Sheridan.

The building suffered significant damage.

The collapse caused gas line damage.  The damage has since been repaired.

Authorities have blocked off the area around the collapse.

The post office and another business nearby have also been closed.

The two-story Parker Hotel was built in 1887 as a bank and remade into Parker House Hotel in 1899. It was converted to apartments in the 1950s and the last tenant moved out in 1989. An insurance company rented the front portion until 2008.

The hotel was added to the Register of Historic Kansas Places in 2009 and a group was raising funds to restore it.

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