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Part of a ten-story building fell down last night in the 1200 block of Bartolomé Mitre street in Balvanera neighborhood.
Area residents had reported that deep cracks had appeared in the walls, that the masonry was falling, and that the floor was moving in the building, which was likely due to excavation and construction work being done next door.
Authorities immediately arrived on the scene and evacuated the building after discovering decay in the foundation. Less than an hour later, the rear of the building split in two and collapsed. There were no deaths or injuries reported.
The building, which was constructed in the 50s, housed at least 30 residential apartments.
The architect in charge of the neighboring construction project, Ezequiel Mariano Rivarola, was unavailable for comment.
Executive Director of the Government Agency of Control, Javier Ibáñez, said, “We must begin to punish severely improper and unsafe construction practices.”
Perón and Sarmiento streets remain closed off in the vicinity while officials evaluate the condition of other buildings that could be affected by the construction work.