Brick wall collapses in Denver home, neighboring house damaged

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DENVER -- A warning from safety experts to homeowners: make sure your home's foundation is strong and secure.

Fire officials say an entire brick wall at a home on Stout street in Denver just collapsed in the middle of the night Tuesday.

The collapse was most likely due to a cracked and weakened foundation.

No one was hurt but the toppled bricks damaged an adjoining home.

Lieutenant Phil Champagne of the Denver Fire Department says water can loosen stone that supports many older homes and renovation projects can make the home unstable.

Lt. Champagne says homeowners should look for the signs of a dangerous foundation and adds, "If you see cracking, void spaces between bricks, the mortar or a jagged run going up the bricks you should be very aware and ask someone to check it out."

Denver resident Norma Rodriguez says she noticed a sinking feeling in the floors of her quaint Victorian home that was under renovation.

Norma and her husband quickly had it checked out and installed steel beams and new concrete.

Safety experts say a licensed contractor or inspector can recommend proper safety measures to ensure your home is well protected.

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