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05/26/2014 01:05 EDT | Updated 05/26/2014 01:59 EDT

Downtown Calgary Building Crumbling Before Our Eyes (PHOTOS)

CALGARY — A hole measuring about six metres by four metres has appeared on the side of a downtown Calgary office building that's been shedding bricks from its facade since last week.

The gaping hole showed up Sunday evening when several large chunks of construction material let go from the Genco building.

There have been no reports of injuries, but the debris heavily damaged an Audi that had to be left in a parking lot when the problem began.

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Fire department battalion chief Ernie Molineaux expects the bricks will continue to tumble because of expansion and contraction caused by daytime heating and overnight cooling.

Molineaux told the Calgary Herald more bricks fell between 1 and 2 a.m. Monday.

"Until it's repaired these things will continue to happen," he said.

Molineaux says the building's owners and engineers will have to figure out how to solve the problem.

He told Metro Calgary it's likely crews will "have to strip the back of the building off."

Barricades, including shipping containers and concrete blocks, remain up to protect the public.

This is what the building looked like last week, when a passerby first noticed the bricks coming loose:

With files from the Canadian Press

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