Portion of Yonge shut for weekend after wall collapse
A section of Yonge Street will stay closed over the weekend as crews begin to clean up from the aftermath of a brick wall collapse.
About 60 shops and restaurants in the area of Yonge and Dundas have been affected by the collapse, which jarred locals and shut down one of the city's busiest precincts.
The affected building, which sits at the corner of Yonge and Gould Streets, was evacuated after the collapse on Friday.
The brick section fell next door to the Salad King Thai restaurant, which is on the south side of Gould Street near Ryerson University.
On Saturday, other portions of the building were pulled down, and heavy machinery was brought in to pull off a large air conditioner which was on the roof.
By the afternoon, a growing pile of debris was left on the sidewalk.
It is expected that the eastern portion of the Yonge sidewalk could open by Sunday. However, Gould Street will be closed for several days.
Still, some were concerned that the heavy machinery was working too hastily.
Coun. Kyle Rae said that the building is a historic property which is about 120 years-old.
He added that more care should have been taken before crews started ripping portions of the building down Saturday.
"It looks like the whole front of the building, the concrete part, has fallen onto the street," Natalie Blaise, a Ryerson student, told CTV News.
"You can see the insulation peeking through."
On Friday, officers closed Yonge to traffic between Gerrard and Dundas Streets. Plus, Gould was closed between Yonge and Victoria Streets.
Crews are now ensuring that the Yonge Street side of the affected building is safe.
No reports of missing persons have been filed.
As of Friday evening, there was no word on what caused the collapse.
With a report from CTV Toronto's John Musselman