ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Several dozen people still cannot return to their Alexandria homes over fears that their condominium building could collapse.

The building, part of River Towers Condominiums, was evacuated Sunday afternoon after officials say significant water damage to some of the building’s columns caused the building to lower 2 to 3 inches.

A resident had called Fairfax County firefighters upon feeling the building shake and noticing cracks in a few columns.

About 400 residents were initially evacuated, but all were allowed to return to their homes after a few hours except for those who live in the 32 apartments above the affected columns. Fire officials do not know when those residents will be able to return.

Fairfax County Building Official Brian Foley says years of water infiltration caused the damage.

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