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City says partially collapsed church must be demolished

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Church's building is shown the morning of the collapse. (CHOPPER5) Church's building is shown the morning of the collapse. (CHOPPER5)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Steps are being taken to demolish what is remaining of a church that partially collapsed last week.

The city has determined that the remainder of the building at Independence Avenue and Benton Boulevard needs to be demolished. This came after structural engineers reviewed the structure and found that it was unsafe.

Contractors worked on Monday to steady the north side of the church Monday, where last week it collapsed.

But others still hope the building can be salvaged.

All 64 people who were inside the Rios De Agua Viva Church when the walls came tumbling down managed to flee to safety. Children inside the three-story building were attending Vacation Bible School when the collapse occurred about 10:30 a.m. Thursday in old Northeast Kansas City.

Some churchgoers have expressed to us hope the church would be rebuilt, but the cost is estimated at $2 million. The building was insured, and the church was in the process of moving to a new location in Kansas City, KS.

The city doesn't have a date yet for the demolition to occur. Permits must be obtained first.

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