Mich. Firefighters Avoid Partial Building Collapse

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) -- Nine Detroit-area firefighters on a training session walked out of a building under construction a few minutes before the structure partially collapsed.

Royal Oak Assistant Fire Chief Jim Cook tells The Detroit News "there are a lot of guys walking around" Friday "saying, `Thank you, God."'

The partial building collapse happened around 9:30 a.m. at a neuroscience building under construction on the William Beaumont Hospital campus.

Cook says the firefighters who were there for a training session on the new building's fire suppression system left the area only five minutes before the partial collapse happened.

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