Brooklyn Building Evacuated Over Stability Concerns

Residents in a Brooklyn apartment building will be displaced for weeks after authorities ordered parts of the building to be vacated because of structural stability concerns. 

The six-story building on Kings Highway in Flatlands was evacuated around 3 p.m. Monday after the FDNY responded to reports of a load-bearing wall bowing out and of cracks appearing on the side of the building.

There were no reports of injuries.

Fire officials say contractors were excavating property behind the building for a new construction project and somehow "undermined the bearing wall of the apartment building, causing structural damage to the building and to the apartments inside," according to FDNY Division Commander Wayne Cartwright. 

Residents living on two sides of the building are expected to be displaced for several weeks, while those on the other half will be allowed to return early Tuesday.

The FDNY says charges could be filed against the contractor working on a construction project at the building.

The Red Cross is assisting the displaced residents.

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