Vancouver boards up historic building after pipes burst 0
Ming Sun building 439 Powell St. in Vancouver, B.C. on Monday December 9, 2013. The city has stayed its demolition order following protests by the Ming Sun Benevolent Society, pending repair commitments from the society. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS)
The 122-year-old Ming Sun Building on Powell Street, which was on the brink of demolition earlier this week, has suffered another structural catastrophe.
The building’s sprinkler pipes burst and leaked six to eight inches of water onto its floors, the city said in a press release Tuesday.
David Wong of the Ming Sun Benevolent Society said the building’s water had been shut off prior to the leak, and that the “so-called water damage” was “really, really curious.”
City engineers have boarded up the building to prevent access until it undergoes inspection.