Building Collapses In Central Arkansas; Toddler Dies, Several Injuries Reported

A building in Morrilton has collapsed killing a 2-year-old, and injuring several others.

Building Collapses In Central Arkansas; Toddler Dies, Several Injuries ReportedA young girl died and several people were injured when a building collapsed around noon today in downtown Morrilton, authorities said.

Emergency personnel are searching the debris for other possible victims, Conway County Sheriff Mike Smith said.

A dispatcher at the Morrilton Police Department said some of the injured were taken to nearby hospitals.

Authorities did not immediately say what caused the building to collapse.

In 2009, a fire destroyed three commercial buildings and damaged six more in downtown Morrilton, including a four-story antiques store that was nearly 100 years old.

Last year, Steven Rogers of Conway County, who was drunk and upset at his ex-girlfriend, pleaded guilty to arson in connection with the fires. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

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