Meriden fire authorities have been called to a building which suffered a partial wall collapse.

About 6 am, a resident heard a rumble and felt the building shake.  He went back to bed, but a person who works at the building arrived later in the morning and reported the problem.

“The portion that collapsed has now weakened the rest of the back wall, and we are concerned there is a potential for further collapse,” said Fire Chief Ken Morgan.

Morgan said a city engineer saw signs of weakness on the rear wall of the 4-story brick building.

Firefighters said there are 33 apartments above, and businesses on the ground floor.

All  have been evacuated in the brick, mixed-use building at 78, 80, and 82 East Main Street in downtown Meriden.

Firefighters say it could be days before it can be determined if residents can go back.

They say the structure is more than a century old.

There were  no injuries.

Morgan said city officials had shared concerns with the building’s owners, about the structural integrity of part of the rear outer wall, but not in the area that collapsed today.

Residents were taken to a shelter at the Salvation Army nearby.  Morgan says


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