MANHATTAN, NY – One man was injured Wednesday afternoon when a five-story building partially collapsed, causing bricks and debris to plummet from the roof.
According to Gothamist, the collapse occurred around 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8 at a building located at 205 East 38th Street. The top of a vacant five-story building began crumbling onto the street. 44-year-old David Singleton, who witnessed the accident, reports that a delivery man was walking by the building as the collapse began. The delivery man ran from the building as bricks fell to the ground, crashing into multiple cars on the street below.
The falling bricks broke the back window and smashed the rear-end of a black sedan parked outside the building. A man who was sitting in the vehicle sustained minor injuries during the partial collapse. Medics transported the man to a local hospital for treatment, but stated that his injuries are non-life-threatening.
The building that collapsed had been vacant for several months, but it was previously used as a parking garage. In May, the Department of Buildings received a tip that the building was undergoing construction without a permit. Following the complaint of unpermitted construction, inspectors visited the building twice, but they were unable to enter the premises.
The police have not released the cause of the partial collapse at this time.
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