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Falling bricks to blame for French Quarter building collapse reports

Firefighters at the scene said nobody was hurt, but they are working to make sure no more bricks fall.
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Bricks falling from a building in the French Quarter Saturday morning prompted police and firefighters to respond to the incident as a partial building collapse. 

But nobody was hurt and the response was deemed a "precaution" soon after it was reported. 

The New Orleans Fire Department said nobody was injured, and the 600 block of Toulouse Street was closed off, so officials could investigate the cause of the incident. 

The parapet wall at the top of a three-story structure near the intersection of Royal and Toulouse streets collapsed, according to NOLA Ready.  

New Orleans Fire Chief Tim McConnell told Nola.com around 30 bricks fell from after the building's owner did some unpermitted demolition work.

"It's indicative of what goes on here in the French Quarter," McConnell told Nola.com reporters. "There has been a stop-work order that has been issued."

NOLA Ready first tweeted about the collapse around 10:45 a.m., saying the 600 block of Toulouse Street was closed to traffic until further notice.  

The incident drew attention because the French Quarter is still being affected by another partial collapse last year. The Hard Rock Hotel, under construction near the corner of Rampart and Canal streets, partially collapsed in October, killing three construction workers in the building.

The bodies of two of those workers have not been recovered yet. 

Stay with Eyewitness News for more on this developing story.

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