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No asbestos clean-up needed at collapsed building, Cincinnati officials say

Bill Rinhart/WVXU

City officials say tests on debris from a three-story building on West Court Street that collapsed Saturday night showed no asbestos removal is necessary in the clean-up.

City officials say, the owner may now remove all the debris so ordinary traffic can be resumed on West Court Street. The city has ordered the owner, Historic Limited Liability Company, to finish the clean-up and stabilize the remaining building.

City officials say the work must be supervised by a professional architect or engineer hired by the owner.

No cause for the collapse of the one-hundred-and-fifty year old building has been determined. It was vacant at the time of the collapse and there were no injuries. Two cars parked outside the building were heavily damaged.

The building had been vacant for about a year. It is the former home of a box-making company.