The roads will continue to be blocked off near the scene of a major uptown blaze on Union Street until crews are convinced its safe for the public.
Saint John Fire Platoon Chief Peter Saab tells CHSJ News the area is high traffic and they decided to bring the building down today.
He says as the day went on the walls starting bowing more and for public safety they think they should get it down as soon as possible.
The blaze which broke out at around 3 this morning leaving two people without a place to live according to the Red Cross.
The man who lived in one apartment was away at the time while the other, a taxi driver, got out of the burning building with just the clothes on his back.