- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 2, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Authorities in Philadelphia say the pre-dawn collapse of a decorative facade of a Chinatown building prompted evacuation of some residents but caused no reported injuries.

WCAU-TV (https://bit.ly/1pOiJbQ ) reports that a brightly colored artistic tree attached to the side of the four-story building north of the center of the city fell onto the sidewalk at about 4:15 a.m. Wednesday.

Officials said some residents from apartments inside the building were evacuated as a precaution, but they were later allowed to return.

Traffic was allowed past the scene an hour later after crews checked gas lines to make sure there were no punctures.

Firefighters taped off part of the sidewalk and street. There was no word on how long it might take to clean up the ceramic and plaster.

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Information from: WCAU-TV, https://www.nbc10.com


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