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Stucco falls, injures woman, baby during ArtWalk

GALVESTON — A woman was critically injured and her baby suffered minor injuries after the facade of a balcony fell on the two as they walked on a sidewalk on Postoffice Street during the island’s ArtWalk on Saturday night.

Assistant City Manager Brian Maxwell said some building material similar to stucco, came loose from a second story balcony of the lofts at 2208 Postoffice St.

The building material hit the unidentified woman in the head as she pushed her infant down the sidewalk in a stroller.

Galveston Police Department spokesman Lt. Michael Gray said the woman’s injuries appeared life threatening and she was taken to the University of Texas Medical Branch. The baby had minor injuries, officials said.

The sidewalk under the balconies of the lofts was closed as firefighters removed the unsecured building material from where the original piece broke free. Building officials were inspecting the remaining balconies, Maxwell said.

The lofts are relatively new and the city had no reports of complaints about construction or concerns about the condition of the balcony facades before the building material fell, Maxwell said.

Some neighbors, however, told The Daily News they had noticed that the particular balcony where the material fell from appeared to have been cracked.

Police Chief Henry Porretto said the sidewalk would remain closed until a detailed inspection and investigation into how the building material came free could be done Monday.

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