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Maine Street closed after bricks fall off Lincoln-Douglas building

Maine Street closed after bricks fall off Lincoln-Douglas building

5 months, 1 week ago by Scott Hardy

Water may be cause; no timetable on when Maine from 3rd-4th will reopen

Maine Street in Quincy is closed from 3rd to 4th, and so is one lane of 4th Street, after bricks fell 8 stories from the facade of the Lincoln Douglas building early Thursday morning. Scott Hardy has more.

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Authorities say the incident happened around 2 A.M. A building maintenance worker believes the problem may have begun during the winter with continuous freezing and thawing, followed by excessive rain this spring. There have been no evacuations, no one was hurt and none of the residents have complained of leaks. Officials say the building appears to be structurally sound after a city building inspector was called in to check. Maintenance employees were knocking some of the loose bricks off the top floor to clear them. City of Quincy Senior Project Engineer Steve Bange was asked Thursday morning if more bricks could fall.

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Bange says it's not known when Maine Street will re-open, as an engineer will have to review the building before allowing traffic on Maine. Bange does say it's the building owner's responsibility for cleaning up.

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The investigation into the cause of the incident continues. A contractor is due to inspect the damaged part of the building later Thursday.

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