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Ceiling collapse outside Phoenix College classroom

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PHOENIX (AP) - There are no reported injuries after a ceiling collapsed outside a Phoenix College classroom building.

Phoenix Fire Department officials say a piece attached to an outdoor ceiling tore off the building about 1 p.m. Tuesday.

They say the incident occurred in a campus building used for communications and reading classes. As many as 15 students and teachers were in the building at the time.

"We were just in class discussing some presentations and all of a sudden felt the whole class shake. I just look out the window and see particles of cement falling. The whole class started packing up their backpacks and rushing out the door," says student Alfonso Vasquez, who was in a room on the first floor.

There's no immediate word on why the ceiling collapsed, although the Phoenix area had heavy rainfall in recent weeks.

The building was constructed in the 50s and renovated in the 2000s.

"The area that fell was part of that renovation," says Doug McCarthy of Phoenix College. "[A forensic engineer] will look to find out what the cause was, he'll also go ahead and inspect the rest of the building structure, to make sure once we get this debris cleared out of here we can open classes back up."

The building will remain closed until it's deemed safe.

Classes that were scheduled for that building have been relocated to other rooms on campus.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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