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Posted June 27, 2006 EST

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1 Killed In Missouri Elks Club Collapse
United States (Missouri) - Some 200 rescue personnel pulled nine people from a collapsed 3-story building in Clinton, Mo., early Tuesday, and confirmed one person was dead inside. Fire officials confirmed the death at 7:45 a.m., and said efforts were under way to reach the body in the debris.

Elks Club member Steve Cummings was in the building when it collapsed Monday night. He told The Kansas City (Mo.) Star about 55 people were on the second floor when the roof came down and the floor began giving way.

At least 11 people were treated for minor injuries at the city's hospital, 80 miles southeast of Kansas City, CNN reported. None of those who escaped or were rescued were thought to have life-threatening injuries, the report said.

The Columbian Missourian reported the rescue effort included a specialized rescue team from Whiteman Air Force Base, crane operators and an urban search-and-rescue team. Rescuers also used camera and sound devices and rescue dogs.

City spokeswoman Diane Hannah said the building is a historic brick structure that's about 100 years old.

Written by United Press International

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