Ottawa Citizen

Police close section of downtown street after slab of concrete threatens to fall from building

Bystander notified officer after seeing baseball-size piece on sidewalk

- BY ROGER COLLIER

Ottawa police closed a section of York Street last night after discoverin­g that a large slab of concrete had broken away from the side of a nine-storey building facing the street.

“We have no idea what caused it,” said Insp. Patrick Flanagan.

The bulk of the slab was lodged in a nook between the eighth and ninth floors of the building, which belongs to Union du Canada Assurance-Vie and is located at 325 Dalhousie St. Small pieces of concrete, however, had fallen onto the sidewalk earlier in the evening.

Adam De Caire was meeting friends at Pub 101, located directly across the street from the Union du Canada building, and noticed pieces of concrete falling onto the sidewalk around 6 p.m.

“I picked up the biggest piece,” said Mr. De Caire. “It was the size of a baseball.”

He alerted a nearby police officer and, within an hour, York Street was closed between Dalhousie and Cumberland streets.

Insp. Flanagan said that two cranes were expected to arrive and remove the dislodged slab at around 10:30 p.m. last night.

No businesses were affected.

 ?? DAVID GONCZOL, THE OTTAWA CITIZEN ?? A large slab of concrete was threatenin­g to fall from the Union Du Canada Assurance -Vie building last night, prompting police to close off a portion of York Street as they waited for a crane to remove the concrete before it fell.
DAVID GONCZOL, THE OTTAWA CITIZEN A large slab of concrete was threatenin­g to fall from the Union Du Canada Assurance -Vie building last night, prompting police to close off a portion of York Street as they waited for a crane to remove the concrete before it fell.

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