NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Three buildings in Chelsea were evacuated Friday afternoon due to falling bricks.

The problem was reported around 2:30 p.m. Friday at 98 Eighth Ave., near 15th Street. The Department of Buildings also evacuated two neighboring buildings, because they are all adjoined.

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Residents said there had been scaffolding in front of the buildings until Friday morning. That was when the trouble became apparent.

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“It’s leaning, and you can see a separation between the wood and the bricks,” one woman said. “That’s what happened to 92 Eighth Avenue when the Sandy storm came in — the façade came down. So basically, we’re looking at something similar.”

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All three buildings are three stories tall, with businesses on the ground floors.