Brick wall collapses outside east-end building

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Several east-end residents were forced from their homes this morning after a brick wall on the outside of the building partially collapsed — and some of the residents might never be able to return.

The incident happened at a three-story building at 1631 Bourbonnière St., between Fontaine and Adam Sts. at around 10 a.m.

That building, and a neighboring building, were evacuated as a preventive measure, and a security perimeter was placed around the building.

Structural engineers from the city are on hand, to evaluate the extent of the damage.

A fire department spokesperson suggests the damage may be so severe that some of the residents might have to be permanently relocated.

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