New Tazwell, Tennessee. June 23rd, 2011.

An old building in New Tazewell is set to be demolished after a sinkhole opened up underneath it.
On Monday, officials noticed cracks forming on the side of the building on First Street.

It sits next to the city hall and houses some of the street department’s equipment.

On Wednesday, ten-foot wide sinkhole opened up, leading to more cracks.

“If the sinkhole opens up anymore, it could definitely fall. So we’re keeping everybody out. And there are still things inside, but I guess that will just have to stay,” said Jerry Hooper, New Tazewell Building Inspector.

Officials have declared the 90-year-old building to be a safetyhazard and they will tear it down as soon as they hear back from an insurance company.

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