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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) _ Crews have begun demolishing buildings at a University of Missouri-run apartment complex where a veteran firefighter died in a walkway collapse.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1pGIjC9 ) four of the 11 buildings marked for demolition at University Village have been razed since Wednesday. A university spokeswoman says the contractor is performing asbestos abatement at the other buildings.

The demolition is scheduled to be completed by the end of November.

Columbia Firefighter Bruce Britt was killed Feb. 22 as he tried to rescue residents trapped by a walkway collapse at one of the buildings. Tenants were moved out of the 57-year-old complex earlier this summer.

Three buildings are not being torn down because they recently underwent a complete renovation. Those buildings will be used for storage.
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Information from: Columbia Daily Tribune, http://www.columbiatribune.com

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