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D.C. Buildings Partially Collapses, Forces Strip Club Evacuation

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A building partially collapsed in the 400 block of K Street NW. (Photo: D.C. Fire Dept.)

A building partially collapsed in the 400 block of K Street NW. (Photo: D.C. Fire Dept.)

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LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — Two buildings partially collapsed in downtown D.C. Friday afternoon, forcing the evacuation of a strip club and snarling rush-hour traffic.

One person was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Authorities say a building in the 400 block of K Street NW began to crumble about 3:30 p.m. A short time later, portions of the adjacent building also fell to the sidewalk.

The Cloak Room, a strip club located next door, was evacuated after the first collapse.

Police have closed K Street NW between 4th and 7th streets, and parts of Massachusetts Avenue.

The buildings are located in Mount Vernon Square, a heavily congested area located near Interstate 395 and New York and Massachusetts avenues.

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