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Bronx Apartment Building Evacuated After Stairwell Collapse

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Fire Department of New York evacuated a five-story apartment building in the Bronx after a stairwell collapsed Saturday evening.

Fire officials said the stairwell was located between the first and second floors of the building at 315 East 166th St. The collapse happened around 6 p.m.

One person was transported to Lincoln Medical Center with a minor injury, WCBS 880 reported.

1010 WINS’ Gary Baumgarten spoke with several residents who are now displaced.

“The landing from the third floor collapsed. They evacuated the building…I thought it was somebody like moving, because it sounded like furniture,” said Wilson, who lives on the second floor of the building.

Wilson said he’s now waiting for Red Cross to see what will happen next.

“Long-term they said they’d have the problem fixed between tomorrow, Monday, or Tuesday. I guess we’ll have to be at the Red Cross shelter until then,” he said.

Marabelle told Baumgarten she believes she won’t be able to move back in until mid-week.

“From the fourth floor that I live, the hallway floor collapsed all the way to the second floor. They’re not letting us back in and they told us we have to wait for the Red Cross so that they could give us a shelter, because till Wednesday we’re probably not going to be able to get into the building,” she said.

There is no word on caused the collapse.

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