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Debris falling from a building in Center City on Tuesday afternoon sent at least three people to the hospital, a city fire official said. — Photo by Abdul R. Sulayman, Tribune Chief Photographer

Debris falling from a building in Center City on Tuesday afternoon sent at least three people to the hospital, a city fire official said.

The incident occurred shortly before 3:30 p.m. in the 1500 block of Walnut St. Witnesses and a fire official said the debris, which appeared to be bricks, crashed through the roof of a neighboring building, which housed the Lululemon Athletica sportswear store.

The injured were customers in the store, an emergency responder and witnesses said. Their injures were not believed to be serious, a first responder said.

Another witness said she heard a loud boom and saw a huge cloud of dust.

That matched the description from a man in the neighboring building.

“I heard a loud boom and a short time later firemen were guiding us out of the building,” said Larry Woehrle, an attorney at the Bodell Bove Grace & Van Horn law firm.

Woehrle said a fellow employee also helped lead them to safety.

City battalion fire Chief Joe Andrews said the debris fell from 1529, a six-story building, on to 1527, a one- to two-story building, on Walnut Street.

An hour into the incident, a group of women huddled together drinking coffee from a large container as they stood together outside in the cold. The 1500 block of Walnut St. remained closed to traffic and city building officials evaluated the scene.

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