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Stadt Archiv Köln : collapse
3 Mar 2009
The historic City Archive building has collapsed into the new underground construction in Cologne. Photos of the building prior to collapse:
The six-story archive building collapsed on 3 March 2009, along with two neighboring apartment buildings. Two residents of neighboring buildings were found dead.
All archive staff and visiting archive users survived, as they were able to escape following a warning by construction workers. Around 90% of archival records were buried by the collapse, although it subsequently proved possible to rescue and repair many of them.
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