A street was shut while a major operation was under way in Wigan town centre after suspected structural problems were detected in a building.
Emergency crews raced to the former bank which is now a coffee shop at the corner of Wallgate and Library Street shortly after 6pm on Wednesday.
Fire crews have been using a large crane to assess the building.
Police have closed Wallgate and Library Street to traffic.
The roads were reopened just before 6.45pm.