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KELLEY, Iowa -- Officials in the small town of Kelley believe the weather is to blame for the collapse of a historic building this morning.

Shortly after 9 a.m., the town's assistant fire chief heard a loud noise coming from 280th Street. Heavy rain and lightning were in the area at the time.

When volunteer fire fighters arrived, they found the roof and back end of the town's longest standing building caved in.

The building has been vacant for years but at the turn of the century was a hotel and general store that served people that arrived on the railways.

"It's the one building left in town that I would call historical. It has been here for 100 years on the old main street and is the only one of its kind. It won’t be rebuilt, I’m sure,” said Kenny Kling, the town’s mayor and fire chief.

Fire fighters are blocking off portions of 280th street this weekend to knock the building down. The goal is to keep the outside walls from collapsing into the roads.

Kelley is located about 30 miles north of Des Moines.