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Harrodsburg Post Office facade crumbles

The Harrodsburg fire department spent several hours cleaning up today after the front brick facade of the Harrodsburg Post Office fell. Officials say about 9:20 this morning, firefighters were replacing an aging weather siren on the top of the post office when something went wrong.

"They were working on the weather siren and when they lifted the ladder off the facade, the facade fell from the building," said Harrodsburg Fire Chief Christopher Dean.

Bricks were sent tumbling to the sidewalk two stories below, but thankfully the road had already been shut down for the maintenance so no one was hurt. Chief Dean said the age of the building may be to blame.

"They're really a non-supported wall that's built on another slab and it's probably just age from the building itself. You're talking about an 81-year-old building. Once one section of it goes, all of it goes," said Chief Dean.

The post office was evacuated as fire crews worked to make sure the building was safe.

"We've got the building shut off. We're not allowing employees or customers in right now. We want to make sure that safety's a first priority for everybody," said Wayne Hart of the Harrodsburg Post Office.

As postal workers looked on, firefighters cleaned loose bricks from the facade.

"What they're doing now is removing loose debris, making sure that nothing else comes off the building," said Dean.

Late this afternoon, postal workers were allowed back in the building to pick up their delivers and are now on their routes.

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