NEWS
05/26/2014 08:35 EDT | Updated 07/26/2014 05:59 EDT

More bricks fall from downtown building's crumbling facade

More bricks have fallen from a downtown Calgary building whose facade began crumbling last week, this time opening up a big hole on the east side.

The bricks tumbled down from roughly the third storey at about 7 p.m. MT on Sunday, leaving an eight-by-four metre hole in the mid-20th century building at 608 Seventh Street S.W.

“There were some vehicles that were left at the bottom of the building that we've cordoned off and one of them has been crushed severely,” said Battalion Chief Ernie Molineaux.

No one was hurt and there's no danger to the public, he said.

Officials evacuated the building last week when the facade started crumbling. Crews erected heavy barricade walls made of stacked concrete blocks and shipping containers in case the wall continued to come down.  

"We're still waiting to come up with an action plan with the building owner to alleviate the problem, so for the time being, we're on hold, waiting for the engineers to get their work done, and make a decision on how we will rectify the problem,” Molineaux said. 

The sidewalk and cycle track on Seventh Street next to the building has been closed. 

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