NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Fire officials say a construction worker was injured when a two-story commercial building collapsed in the Bronx.
It happened around 12:15 p.m. Saturday at a building on Stratford Avenue.
Officials say crews were renovating the first floor when a support column inside gave way. Firefighters had to rescue one of the workers who was trapped beneath six feet of rubble. He was taken to Jacoby Hospital in serious condition.
Residents who live across the street said it was just a matter of time before that building would have collapsed.
“It was one of the beam pipes, it was rotten,” neighbor Avon Ventura told 1010 WINS. “So when they broke that down, everything just collapsed.”
Others in the neighborhood said there wasn’t much left of the building.
“The only thing left I could see left of it was just rubbish and the top sunk in,” said Ernest Bolling. “That’s it. Split in the middle.”
The Buildings Department and the Office of Emergency Management is investigating. Officials say the rest of the building will have to be torn down.
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