High Street partially closed after bricks fall from Holyoke building

  • The facade of 113 High St., Holyoke, marked with a large “X,” is shown Saturday with fallen bricks on the sidewalk. STAFF PHOTO/MICHAEL CONNORS

  • The front facade of 113 High St. with fallen bricks on the sidewalk. STAFF PHOTO/MICHAEL CONNORS

  • Holyoke firefighters stand outside of 113 High St., where bricks fell from its front facade overnight. STAFF PHOTO/MICHAEL CONNORS

Staff Writer
Published: 12/28/2019 5:42:33 PM

HOLYOKE — Officials have closed a portion of High Street after bricks fell from the facade of a vacant building.

Lt. Michael McCoy of the Holyoke Police Department said bricks fell from 113 High St. sometime on Friday night or Saturday morning, causing the area around the building to be closed off to traffic. McCoy said the Holyoke Fire Department inspected the building and found that its roof was beginning to cave in on itself.

“The structure appeared to be bowed out a little bit,” McCoy said.

According to McCoy, the road will remain closed until the city’s building inspector can take a look at the structure. McCoy said he does not know when such an inspection will happen.

On Sunday afternoon, a pile of bricks presumably from the building still lay on the sidewalk. Pedestrian traffic is closed on the sidewalk below the building from Oliver Street to Lyman Street. Vehicle traffic is closed from Hampden Street to Lyman Street.

Sunday afternoon would normally be a good time for business at The Unicorn Inn, where the Patriots game was on TV and the kitchen staffed. But there was hardly a soul in the place.

“Today we have a full kitchen, full bar,” bartender Anne Miranda said. “And we have no one in here except for staff.”

Miranda said that normally, when the Patriots are playing on Sunday, business is steady. But business seemed to have been hurt by the continued closure of High Street, she said.

Staff writer Dusty Christensen contributed reporting to this story.

Michael Connors can be reached at mconnors@gazettenet.com. 

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