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Officials demolish North Catasauqua structure to prevent public risk

NORTH CATASAUQUA BOROUGH, Pa. - North Catasauqua borough officials worked throughout the weekend, attending to reports of a gas leak, water leak and further damage. 

Officials say the property at 408 Buttonwood Street was recently condemned and was the focus of an emergency call Thursday night for a gas leak. Through an inspection, the fire department also noticed a large water leak and significant structural damage. Officials boarded up the property to prevent further damage. 

For the next two days, borough officials and structural engineers consulted and determined visual inspections of the property were needed. Officials noticed a significant change in the structure's condition Saturday evening. Due to the nature of the situation, it was determined demolition of the structure was needed to prevent risks to the public. 

The structure was removed Saturday morning, officials say. Two local neighbors were evacuated as a precaution during the demolition. 


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