A building under construction at 279 North Street, at the corner of Fleet Street, partially collapsed on Saturday morning. No injuries were reported at the vacant property, but residents in an adjacent building were evacuated by Boston Fire Department as a result of a damaged fire escape.
Witnesses heard loud noises shortly after midnight when bricks and construction material fell to the ground as an interior wall and ceiling collapsed. Surrounding streets have been temporarily cordoned off for safety reasons.
The existing four-story property is being expanded with a new fifth story, living space in the basement and roof deck. The redevelopment proposal was supported last Fall by both neighborhood groups, NEWRA and NEWNC.