Crews begin demolition of Rios de Agua Viva Church

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Crews started demolition the Rios de Agua Viva church on Thursday after it collapsed earlier in August with more than 60 people inside.

City and structural engineers tried to salvage the three-story brick building located near Independence Ave. and Benton Blvd., but said it couldn't be saved. Part of the building, which housed the church, collapsed due to extensive water damage. More than 60 people were inside taking part in vacation Bible school. Staff members and children said the felt the building shake and heard tables and chairs tumbling. Then a large section of the back wall crumbled, leaving a gaping hole. Amazingly, no one was injured.

Engineers have spent the last few weeks inspecting the building. The church's insurance company ultimately decided to tear it down.

Demolition will be finished by Saturday. Part of the street will be closed while they move the debris.

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