Thursday, July 14, 2005

Building collapse in New York

Head's up from Smash. A former supermarket in New York that was undergoing preparations for demolition has collapsed. The NY Times has a small story on their page:

:::::::: At least five people, including a child, were injured Thursday morning when a former supermarket building being razed in upper Manhattan collapsed, police said.

It was not immediately known how much of the building, at West 100th Street and Broadway, came down shortly after 9 a.m.

"I stepped out of my building and I heard a loud boom," said Racquel Gayle, who said she was about a half a block from the site when the collapse happened.

"Everything rocked. I thought it was a terrorist bomb, people were running everywhere. I saw them pull a baby out of the debris; everyone was pitching in and helping, but I stood frozen in fear. I've never seen anything like this."

The former Gristedes supermarket was being demolished to make room for a hi-rise when part of the remaining structure collapsed, said Fire Department spokesman Frank Gribbon. He said fire officials believe there were no others trapped in the debris, but dozens of rescue workers and a number of dogs continued sifting through the rubble.

Police said 5 people, including 1 child, were pulled from the debris. Sounds like an industrial accident, folks, but let's wait to hear the results of the investigation.