The brick facade of an Uptown apartment complex fell away from the building overnight, bringing down utility lines and damaging at least two cars.
The incident happened at about 1 a.m. at the Marshland Apartments at 3140 Emerson Avenue S. Minneapolis firefighters said about a quarter of the building's wall fell down, leaving a pile of bricks about 30 feet from the building.
The 10 units were evacuated for about 15 minutes as firefighters checked the structural integrity of the building. No injuries were reported.
One resident said the partial collapse sounded like a car accident. More bricks could fall from the building on Friday, so police tape was put up to establish a safe perimeter.
Firefighters said a gap was discovered between the exterior wall and brick facade last year. Crews patched it up, but there were still gaps in the wall last spring. Heavy rain overnight filled the gaps, causing the brick facade to collapse under the weight of the water.
Firefighters said another building partially collapsed due to similar rain issues late Thursday night in north Minneapolis.