Monday, July 2, 2012
Building collapses in Brooklyn
From Eyewitness News:
Portions of a three-story brownstone building in Brooklyn collapsed early Monday, but police say all residents escaped without injury.
The collapse happened around 1:30 a.m. on Carroll Street in the Carroll Gardens section. Authorities say the side wall from the top floor to the foundation collapsed down in an area between the building and a school located next to it.
Only one person was inside the apartment building at the time, but residents in three other buildings nearby also had to be evacuated as inspectors checked the stability of their buildings. At least 27 residents were unable to re-enter their apartments.
Police say work had previously been done in the building, but no construction was going on in the area at the time. City building inspectors are investigating.
Officials have made the decision to completely demolish the 95-year-old building, but there are some concerns about the effect that would have on the neighboring buildings.