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After a partial collapse on the first floor, a two-storey building on the Downtown Eastside is being torn down.

A city engineer has determined an emergency demolition of the abandoned two-storey building on Powell Street, between Jackson Ave. and Dunlevy Ave., is needed, although they don’t know when that will happen.

“The security bars were bowed, so that’s when we came into action and we were called. We have an interior wall collapse on the main floor. Right now, the second floor is very structurally unsound,” explains Vancouver Fire Captain Carol Messenger.

“They will certainly make sure everything in the surrounding areas, I’m sure there there will be survey’s and lots of detail work happening in this 100-block,” she adds.

Messenger says there was no one inside the building when they arrived.

No word yet on when the street will re-open, as it was closed off.

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I remember driving down Hastings last summer and looking at the buildings around there and they looked like complete sh!t. I never really looked up at them before because when I do drive on Hastings it would usually be at night and it wouldn't be that noticeable.

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