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One person possibly missing after collapse at Salvation Army store

By the CNN Wire Staff
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Salvation Army store collapse
  • NEW: Canines brought in to assist search
  • Authorities combing wreckage for someone possibly missing
  • Second-floor loft collapses at Salvation Army building in Grand Junction, Colorado
  • A person in a nearby business heard a booming noise

(CNN) -- A loft office collapsed at a Colorado Salvation Army thrift store, sending debris onto people below and launching a search for someone who may be missing, authorities said Friday.

The second-story loft collapsed around 3 p.m., when 22 people were in the thrift store and warehouse complex in Grand Junction, Fire Department spokesman Mike Page told CNN.

One person may be missing, Page said.

The search was taking several hours because of the large quantity of rubble that was being removed by hand, Page said. About 60 percent of the area had been searched by Friday night, and police dogs were assisting.

Rescuers have tried thermal imaging at the facility on Ute Avenue, Page said. Teams drilled a hole into the wall on the opposite side of the building to continue the search operation.

Michele Mahoney, who works at a nearby business, said she heard a loud noise around 3:15 p.m. and came outside to discover a chaotic scene.

CNN's Greg Morrison contributed to this report.