Bricks fall 9 stories onto Cleveland street, crush minivan

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Posted: Apr 14, 2015 10:04 AM
Bricks fall 9 stories onto Cleveland street, crush minivan

CLEVELAND (AP) — A mass of bricks fell nine stories from the facade of a vacant building in downtown Cleveland, crushing a minivan that was parked below.

Cleveland fire officials say bricks along the top of the former National City Bank building collapsed and showered down onto the street and sidewalk just after 4 p.m. Monday.

Cleanup of the area was underway Tuesday.

Investigators found more bricks on the building's exterior that are partially loose, said Cleveland fire spokesman Larry Gray. Officials said the surrounding area would be closed off until inspectors and city engineers could conduct a full inspection of the building's upper facade, the Northeast Ohio Media Group reported.

A spokesman for the managing company that operates the building told WKYC-TV that it had just acquired the building in January but believed it was up to code.

The building and minivan were unoccupied at the time of the collapse, and no injuries were reported.

Heavy winds were reported in Cleveland at the time the bricks fell, but the official cause of the collapse is still under investigation. Gray said no construction or renovations were being done on the building.

"It might have been a freak accident," Gray said.