Saturday, October 29, 2011

Bronx Building Collapse Injures Construction Worker

A construction worker in the Bronx was hospitalized Saturday after the building he was working on collapsed.

It happened at a two-story commercial building located at 1184 Stratford Avenue in Soundview.

The New York City Fire Department says there was construction work going on when a column apparently collapsed and the floors above it came down.

Firefighters dug one man out by hand who was trapped under the debris for about 10 minutes.

He was taken to Jacobi Hospital.

"Something hit me, like, you know. That's when I looked up and it was just like shaking, and it just fell down," said one witness.

"It doesn't appear to be [weather related]. It appears to be a construction problem. There was active construction going on in the building at the time of the collapse," said FDNY Deputy Chief Jim Donlevy.

The fire chief says the Department of Buildings will survey the site and determine if the building should be demolished.

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