The Quebec City police department had to evacuate more than a dozen people this evening in Old Quebec after the facade of a building was in danger of collapsing.
At 5:07 p.m., officers went to 45 avenue Saint-Geneviève and found the building in question unoccupied. However, they quickly noticed that the residents of the attached building and another building across the street were at risk.
“It is not possible to say exactly how many people were evacuated at the moment, but it is more than 10. They were taken care of by the Red Cross. At the moment, everyone is safe,” SPVQ spokesman David Pelletier said.
Civil Defense was dispatched to the scene to coordinate the intervention.
An engineer assessed the stability of the building, while firefighters set up a safety perimeter and the Hydro-Québec team cut off power to a handful of residences in the area.
According to the latest reports, the building, built in 1886, is considered dangerous and officials plan to demolish it tonight.
More details to come…
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