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Church partially collapses, bishop arrested

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

An abandoned church partially collapsed Friday evening at 12th and Magnolia Streets in Harrisburg.

Police, who are cracking down on codes violators, arrested building owner, 49-year old Bishop A.E. Sullivan, at the scene. Police say Sullivan had been told multiple times that the building needed to be demolished.

Sullivan has been a prominent figure in Harrisburg since the 1990s and even contemplated a run for mayor during the last election.

Because of the instability of the church, nearby homes were evacuated, displacing 9 people.  The 5 adults and 4 children are being helped by the Red Cross.

Nobody was inside the church when it partially collapsed.

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