Sunday, March 18, 2012

St. Pat's party ends with building collapse

From Eyewitness News:

Two people are hospitalized after the St. Patrick's party went wrong.

One person is in serious condition, the other in stable condition.

Just before 11 p.m. the third floor of the house caved down to the second floor. It happened at 451 Beach 72nd street in the Arverne section of the Rockaways.

Eight people had to be removed from the second floor by ladder.

In all 12 people were hurt, 10 others refused medical attention.

The cause of the collapse is still under investigation, but Eyewitness News has learned there were 9 Building Department complaints against this building between 2004 and 2006.

One of the complaints was structural instability throughout the ground floor due to an illegal renovation.

It is not clear if the owner is the same as when those complaints were made, but investigators will continue to review as they search for the cause of the collapse.


Anonymous said...

Now that must have been some kind of party!

Anonymous said...

100 people in a wood-framed house. Smart.

Anonymous said...

When you see that the ceiling/floor had no joists, you wonder how this didn't collapse on its own weight.

How the hell did this get through any inspection?

Anonymous said...

I didn't know mexicans celebrated ST Patricks Day. Oh right, the San Patricio traitors.