2021.03.09 09:58

Cracks prompt evacuation of Vilnius apartment building

LRT.lt2021.03.09 09:58

An apartment building on Gabijos Street in Vilnius was evacuated on Monday night after cracks appeared in its walls.

“We received a report about cracks in the stairway and several apartments of the building at 30 Gabijos Street,” Saulius Žilinskas, a spokesman for the Fire and Rescue Department, told BNS on Monday night.

He added that the department sent experts to evaluate the cracks and residents were evacuated “for safety reasons”.

Vilnius Municipality head of administration Povilas Poderskis later told BNS that there were 72 apartments in the building and between 100 and 200 people were evacuated.

The building was constructed in 2004 and “has been known as problematic”, Poderskis said.

On Tuesday morning, Vilnius Vice Mayor Valdas Bekunskas said that inspectors did not find any major defects in the building and that the cracks were superficial.

Residents may be allowed to return to their homes by Tuesday evening, he said.

Several dozen people from the building were offered accommodation by the city, while the rest made arrangements themselves, according to Poderskis.