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In an 1870's era brick house, can a non-functioning

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In an 1870's era brick house, can a non-functioning fireplace in an exterior wall be turned into a doorway to an add-on garage? The chimney has already been removed and roofed over.
JA: OK. Tell me a bit more about what's going on so we can help you best.
Customer: The exterior walls are 18 inches of brick. Is the section where the fireplace and flue are located load-bearing? We would like to build a connected garage and this seems like the logical place to put a door.
JA: Is there anything else the Structural Engineer should be aware of?
Customer: This is a one-story section on the back of a two-story house; possibly built as a summer kitchen. There is an attic above and the chimney is exposed in the attic. The back exterior wall is smooth with no sign of the chimney.
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Structural Engineering
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 8 months ago.
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 8 months ago.
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Expert:  StructuralEng replied 8 months ago.
Is the section in question at the gable end? Can you post a picture?