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    Crews Respond to Partial Building Collapse in E. Boston

    Officials evacuated dozens of people from a building that suddenly collapsed.

    (Published Monday, Feb. 19, 2018)

    A building at 4 Winthrop Street in East Boston is set to be demolished after a partial collapse on Sunday.

    The four-story brick building was unoccupied at the time of the collapse, according to the Boston Fire Department.

    Firefighters shut off water and gas after leaks were found near the damage. The area was blocked off in fear of more debris falling.

    Grace Magoon was at a nearby law office in East Boston and says she felt the shaking.

    Building Partially Collapses in Boston

    [NECN] Building Partially Collapses in Boston

    An unoccupied building on Winthrop St. in Boston partially collapsed on Sunday, causing gas leaks and the surrounding area to be blocked off.

    (Published Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018)

    "I felt an explosion and it kept coming," Magoon said. "You're close to the airport, God forbid, you think of an airplane and that’s what it sounded like."

    Stepping outside, Magoon realized the unoccupied building on Winthrop Street was falling. Bricks from the corner of the residential building fell onto a plaza, damaging the back of the law offices.

    Danilo Avalon owns the office.

    "Our folks were fortunate it happened on a Sunday and not a weekday when people would have been in my office in that back area."

    Twenty-eight residents were evacuated from Maverick Street as a precaution. Representatives were on the scene to assist with those displaced until the building can be safely demolished.

    There are no reported injuries.

    Scene of East Boston Partial Building Collapse

    [NECN] Scene of East Boston Partial Building Collapse

    The 4-story brick building at 4 Winthrop Street was unoccupied at the time of the collapse Sunday afternoon.

    (Published Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018)

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