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SLIDESHOW: Wall crumbles into Woolfe Street in Downtown Charleston

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According to the Charleston City Police Department spokesmen, a wall on Woolfe Street collapsed into the road.

Police said there are bricks blocking the road. Woolfe Street connects Meeting and King near the Woolfe St Playhouse and the new Holiday Inn.

The incident occurred at 5:OO Wednesday morning and it is still closed.

Tim Keane with Charleston City Planning says the building was built in the late 19th century. It was the Consumer Ice Co. and was occupied until the early 2000s, "then is began to deteriorate quickly." Keane said.

Keane said the elderly woman who owns the building was in the process of starting demolition on the building, and that's when the wall collapsed.

Age, rotting wood and heavy rain this summer are all contributing factors, Keane said, to why the building collapsed.

"People don't need to be worried about this kind of situation. This was an accident, it's an incredibly rare accident," he said. "I've been in Charleston for 15 years, this has never happened before."

Because the building is considered a historic site, Keane is hoping they can salvage at least parts of it.

Police say drivers should avoid the area until the rubble is removed.

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