Authorities Evacuate Unstable Building on Wilson Avenue

By Dan Rivoli on September 21, 2012 11:40am | Updated on September 21, 2012 7:15pm

Emergency crews responded to 283 Wilson Avenue in Brooklyn, where authorities evacuated the building.
Emergency crews responded to 283 Wilson Avenue in Brooklyn, where authorities evacuated the building.
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BROOKLYN — Shortly after residents of a Bushwick building were evacuated over safety concerns, the city announced plans Friday afternoon to demolish the unstable structure.

Authorities vacated residents of 438 Wilson Ave., near Myrtle Avenue, around 8:45 a.m. after the stability of the three-story building came into question, a Fire Department spokesman said.

There were no reported injuries, officials said. 

Department of Buildings inspectors said the mixed-use building — which houses stores on the first floor and apartments on the second and third stories — was leaning and "compromising its structural stability," a DOB spokeswoman said.

The DOB ordered the building's demolition Friday afternoon. 

Neighboring buildings located at 1316, 1318 and 1322 Putnam Ave. have also been evacuated as a safety precaution until the demolition is completed, the DOB said.

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