Dangerous building incident on Cork city centre street

Dangerous building incident on Cork city centre street

This is the latest in a series of incidents with dangerous buildings in Cork city.  Picture: Cork City Fire Brigade

A street in Cork City was sealed off this afternoon following reports of a dangerous building incident.

Cork City Fire Brigade closed South Main Street in order to investigate the issue.

Two units from Angelsea Street Fire Station attended the incident after receiving a call at 4.30pm.

The building is located close to Number 62-64 on North Main Street which has been closed off for more than a year.

The area has a number of buildings with second and third storey levels lying vacant.

Cork City Fire Brigade investigated the reports and determined the situation was safe after checking the roof of the building.

The street was later reopened just before 6pm by the emergency services.

Structural deterioration has resulted from the lack of maintenance due to buildings being unoccupied according to Cork City Councillor Dan Boyle.

Cllr Boyle said falling guttering and plaster has been an ongoing issue in the area where North and South Main Street meet.

“That particular part of town, the cross of South/North Main Street and Washington street is where a lot of these buildings are located.

“They all have similar problems. They are almost all totally vacant, second, third or fourth story, the lack of vacancy means they are not being unkempt to the extent that they should and this is creating the problem,” said Cllr Doyle.

The latest incident comes as the city council has warned that responsibility for dangerous buildings rests with the owners of that private property.

Cork City Council reports 95 buildings or sites have been added to its derelict sites register."

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