HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) - A Holyoke apartment building was evacuated during the early morning hours, after police say that some of its bricks fell to the ground; injuring two people.
Capt. Denise Duguay told 22News that just after 3:00 A.M., a police officer saw what he thought was a small amount of smoke coming from the building at 177 Elm Street. The officer was then flagged-down by a young man who said that he was hit by a falling brick.
A second man told police that he too had been hit by debris.
Maria Arroyo of lives in the building, and told 22News what she saw.
"I saw like a flashing light in my bedroom, and when I looked out, I saw there were police stopped off. I looked down and there were just bricks everywhere, and when I looked up I saw they had come off the fourth floor window," Arroyo said.
The building was evacuated, and part of it was blocked-off, but the city’s building inspector has determined that the structure is safe.
Repairs are now being made.
Neither of the injured men had to be taken to the hospital, Duguay said.