Two people were injured after the front of a popular restaurant and the building next to the restaurant collapsed, according to Boston authorities.
One of the victims, a woman, was taken to hospital with serious injuries. The second victim, a man, did not need medical attention for his injuries, but went to the hospital with the other victim. The two seem to have been together, said Officer Susan Schiller.
The owner of the Common Ground Bar & Grill restaurant says he was in the basement when he heard a loud bang. He climbed the stairs and found the dramatic scene.
According to him, there were 30 to 40 people inside the restaurant when it happened. Everyone inside was fine; It was the woman outside the site who was injured.
Stephen McNiel, of the Boston Fire Department, said Sunday afternoon that all public services to the affected buildings were turned off and that officials will evaluate the buildings. He says there was no warning that it was going to happen.
Other stores that share the building with the restaurant include a beauty salon, an ice cream shop and a clothing store. They all closed for the rest of the day.
The fire department is using a drone to assess the damage.
Officials warned that there was heavy traffic in the area as a result of the incident.