In Lower Manhattan, a parking garage collapsed on Tuesday, killing one person and trapping several others, according to officials.
A woman can be heard yelling, “Get out!” as many automobiles are seen on top of the concave roof in shocking video from the incident at 35-37 Ann Street.
At a press conference held on the scene, Mayor Eric Adams declared that the structure was “currently completely unstable.”
As scores of SUVs slipped through the large hole in the roof, causing the collapse, one casualty was taken away on a stretcher.
Four of the five other injured people were sent to the hospital, while one of them declined medical assistance. All of the injured people were at work when the building fell. According to a source, concrete slabs fell into a lounge area for garage workers.
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“On the top floor, there was a worker who was stuck. He was awake, moving around, and calling for help, according to John Esposito, the FDNY’s chief of operations.
He simply couldn’t lower himself. Firefighters were able to reach him in the building and lower him onto the roof of another building.
Officials are looking into the matter even though they believe all of the employees are present.
“We’re still conducting searches. Some of the cars there are severely damaged. Esposito continued, “We’re trying to see if we can go near to make sure nobody is in those cars.
According to Kaz Vilenchik, acting commissioner for the NYC Department of Building, the structure had ongoing breaches as far back as 2003. Although the building did have active permits, none of them were for construction; one of them was for electrical work.
According to DOB records, the building owners are facing four open violations, all of which are related to construction.
A single infraction from November 2003 was classified as “hazardous.”
According to the document, inspectors discovered substandard concrete with “exposed rear cracks,” “slab cracks” in the concrete that covered steel beams, and slab cracks in the first-floor ceiling.
Another open violation, given in 2009, revealed that the building’s owners had neglected to address “rotten” deficient fire stairs and that there were numerous locations throughout the structure where a “loose piece of concrete in danger of falling” had been discovered.
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