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UPDATE: Albany Event Center building in Pueblo declared a total loss

PUEBLO, Colo. (KRDO) -- Smoke began billowing out of the Albany Event Center in Pueblo Monday afternoon as firefighters worked to extinguish flames.

The fire happened at 2:45 p.m. near 7th Street and Albany Ave. The Pueblo Fire Department is unsure what caused the fire, but said a construction crew was inside the building when the fire began. Everyone inside was able to exit safely, but one person later drove himself to the hospital, according to Pueblo Fire.

More than 200 people living next to the Albany Event Center have been displaced as crews had to cut the power supply in the area. The building has been declared a total loss.

Pueblo Fire estimates the building, which was built 134 years ago, is worth more than $1 million, with upwards of $200,000 of possessions inside.

A viewer sent KRDO video of smoke pouring out of the top of the building. Drone video sent by Chris Osorio shows flames engulfing parts of the roof of the building.

Video: David Springer

Pueblo police are asking people to avoid the area of E. Albany Ave. and E. 7th St.

The Colorado Department of Transportation reported that visibility was low in the area because of the fire.

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