NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – It was a scary scene when a building partially collapsed onto a sidewalk Wednesday afternoon in Brooklyn.
The brick parapet and façade came down around 2 p.m. at Church and Nostrand avenues in Crown Heights.READ MORE: Attorney Says Current Whereabouts Of Brian Laundrie, Gabby Petito's Fiancé, Are Unknown
One woman suffered a minor injury when she was hit by debris. She did not require medical attention.
“The whole gate fell down, the awning fell down, the cameras went blank. It just dropped,” witness Julia Lucis said.READ MORE: Nearly 200 People Being Released From Rikers After Gov. Hochul Signs 'Less Is More Act,' Calls N.Y.'s Incarceration Rate 'A Point Of Shame'
“People started scampering, running for their lives. Everybody thought it was like an earthquake,” said witness Richard Rajkumar.
The Department of Buildings deemed the roughly 100-year-old structure unsafe, forcing 16 families out of their homes and five businesses to close.MORE NEWS: After Almost 2 Years, New York Philharmonic Returns For 180th Season
The American Red Cross is helping those displaced find temporary housing.