Blocks? It's just a table.
Either convert it in Word to plain text prior to placing, or in InDesign after -- both have a "Convert Table to Text" command. There are no special advantages to do this either before or after placing.
Thank you for responding Jongware. However, convert table to text is grayed out in both Word and Indesign. If I save it as text in Word I lose the italics, bold etc.
Got it Jongware. I managed to do it in Indesign via convert table to text. Thanks.