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More than 100 workers are evacuated from a tower in Townsville over fears part of the building could collapse

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 19/03/2019 Alana Mazzoni For Daily Mail Australia

Over 150 workers have been evacuated from a building amid fears it could collapse, while emergency crews assess the situation. 

a close up of a building: A worker noticed a concrete beam had dropped about 15 centimetres after he was evacuated from the building © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A worker noticed a concrete beam had dropped about 15 centimetres after he was evacuated from the building

There was movement in one of the wall structures of a commercial building in Townsville, in Queensland, just after midday on Tuesday.

Workers from the Suncorp building were evacuated, as well as people from three neighbouring properties and buildings. 

A large concrete beam that dropped at least 15 centimetres from the side of the building is visible from the street below.  

a view of a tall building: The Suncorp building had at least 100 people evacuated, as well as at least 50 people from three neighbouring buildings © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The Suncorp building had at least 100 people evacuated, as well as at least 50 people from three neighbouring buildings

'Evacuation sirens went off and everyone just went down the fire stairs,' local man James Felix, who was working in the Suncorp building, says everyone inside was unaware of what was going on.  

'Once word got out, and we could see what happened we all moved' said the 41-year-old, whose desk sits just under where the large concrete slab shifted down. 

He says this is another major inconvenience for the building, 'it was also closed for two weeks after the floods due to electrical damage, now we've got this. My office is preparing to work elsewhere tomorrow.'  

a traffic light on a city street: Over 100 workers were evacuated from the Suncorp building in Townsville in north Queensland just after midday, when sudden movement was felt in one of the walls © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Over 100 workers were evacuated from the Suncorp building in Townsville in north Queensland just after midday, when sudden movement was felt in one of the walls

It's understood ambulance and fire and rescue were on scene, but left shortly after 3pm.

Council engineers and police remain on scene at the Suncorp to assess multiple floors what caused the movement in the wall structure. 

Exclusion zones of up to 300 metres around the building are still in place. 

'Queensland Police has been requested for traffic management to block off the road along Sturt Street between Stokes and Denham streets', a Queensland Emergency Services spokeswoman said. 

The local bus has diverted routes around the affected street. 

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