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French Quarter Building Collapse in Photos

A three story building partially collapsed at 808 Royal Street near the corner of St. Ann Street on the afternoon of Oct. 21. Water spewed from broken pipes as onlookers stood aghast at the historic facade's demise. The Fire Department and NOPD blocked off the street to control the scene. Remarkably, no one was hurt.


“They just went in to cut the gas off so that they can probably tear it down,” said Fire Chief Hennessey. 


The yellow building did not fall all the way down, but “it wanted to,” remarked a Fire Fighter, who could not go on the record. When it gave way, the neighboring balcony was damaged as well.


Quarter resident, Marina Vasquez, who lives in the 600 block of Ursulines, was shocked. “A guy said a lot of big trucks pass through here. I’m glad nobody got hurt.”


Another bystander was overheard saying, “Old buildings…you don’t fix em up, they’ll do that on ya.” 

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