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The building that previously housed a Buttrey grocery store collapsed Saturday likely due to the weight of snow on the roof.

HAVRE — A vacant building in the northern Montana town of Harlem collapsed over the weekend, spilling bricks into the street.

Harlem Volunteer Fire Chief Robert Scheffelmaer tells the Havre Daily News the building that previously housed a grocery store collapsed Saturday likely due to the weight of snow on the roof.

Scheffelmaer said Monday that no one was inside and no injuries were reported.

The building once housed a Buttrey grocery store.

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Island Mountain Development Group, an economic development group that owns the building, needs approval on an emergency permit for hazardous waste removal and clearance from its insurance provider regarding safety and liability issues before it can demolish and clean up the downtown Harlem building, according to a press release from the group issued Monday.

The group is lining up contractors to work on the building.

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No potentially hazardous materials should be in the debris from the collapse, based on recent structural and asbestos inspections by Newfields, the release said.

“The IMDG executive team has put in place a contingency plan to coordinate with all agencies regarding the safe and expedient demolition and cleanup of the entire site and will begin this process without delay,” the release said.

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The Billings Gazette contributed to this report.

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