Demolition of Historic Downtown Building Begins

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POSTED: Friday, April 20, 2012 - 8:24am

UPDATED: Friday, April 20, 2012 - 7:54pm

EL PASO - The building used to be a landmark in downtown El Paso, now just half of the John Wesley Hardin building remains standing.

Firefighters are still working to take down the building that's stood tall for 130 years.

One of the big questions this morning is how did the fire even start, but they can't even begin to investigate until they know it's safe for firefighters to get inside and take a close.

They have been working through the night to demolish the building that was completely destroyed by the blaze that started yesterday right after 6 p.m.

Fire officials say the building had to be torn to the ground because the second and third floors, which were vacant, completely collapsed making it unsafe for firefighters or investigators to go inside.

"We're bringing in the walls. These walls are unsafe. Part of it is trying to get to the hidden fire. We're bring the walls lower so we can have access to hidden fires," John Concha said.

Firefighters say they expect to be on the scene of the blaze until at least early this afternoon.

Investigators will begin looking into the cause of the fire, as soon as it's safe.

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A great albeit old building with a lot of history has gone away... This is not the end of the world however, what this city really needs is a skyscraper or two to really bring to life the new image this city is trying to build.

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