Friday, April 12, 2013
Building collapse on Jamaica Avenue
Firefighters are responding to a building collapse in Queens.
Fire officials said the building at 78-19 Jamaica Ave. in Woodhaven is believed to be unoccupied. No injuries have been reported.
At least 25 fire units are responding.
Check back for updates on this developing story.
From DNA Info:
The MTA suspended J train service between Crescent Street and 121st Street after the collapse. The elevated train tracks run along Jamaica Avenue, where the building collapsed.
The building's landlord owes more than $15,000 in Department of Buildings violation penalties, for failing to maintain the structure, among other issues, according to the DOB's website.
The building was issued a partial vacate order in February 2012 for "questionable construction methods" to support the roof and second floor, according to the DOB.