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Aug. 11, 2011MARYVILLE, MO |  By: Wayman

Burch Building Gone

A piece of Maryville history is ruble.

Crews spent yesterday tearing down the shell of a three-story apartment building on the southwest corner of the Maryville square at 3rd and Main. The Circa 1880's building was gutted in a fire one week ago yesterday and displaced about a dozen renters and several businesses but injured no one. In the 18 hundreds the building housed a dry goods and carpet store, a drug store in the 1930's, a telephone exchange for decades, and had a barbershop or hair salon in it for almost its entire existence. Building owner Michael Burch says after the rubble clears, the lot most likely will remain empty for a while.

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Parts of 3rd and Main Streets in downtown Maryville have been closed to traffic until the walls were safely down. The city says they are waiting on the demolition crew's comfort level with the project before re-opening the streets.

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