Collapsed 6-story Bronx apartment building had 'unsafe façade conditions,' no victims found

Collapsed 6-story Bronx apartment building had ‘unsafe façade conditions,’ no victims found

(As originally published with additional photos, Fri, Mon, December 11th 2023, 4:58 PM EST)

BRONX, N.Y. (TND) — Emergency crews in New York are at the scene of a partial building collapse.

It happened shortly after 3:30 Monday afternoon in the Morris Heights neighborhood of the Bronx.

The 1927 building is six stories, with 47 apartment units and six businesses. It was made of brick.

The collapse happened at the corner of the building, at the corner of Billingsley Terrace and Phelan Place.

Emergency crews are going through the rubble, looking for anyone who may have been in the collapsed portion of the building, while unsure if any more of the building will collapse.

They say the K-9 team is there, as well, looking for anyone who may be trapped.

They’re tunneling through the debris pile and so far, they say they have not found anybody with injuries.

Collapsed 6-story Bronx apartment building had 'unsafe façade conditions,' no victims found
Emergency workers are at the scene of a partial apartment building collapse in the Bronx, Dec. 11, 2023. (New York Fire Dept.)

City officials said crews got to the scene in one minute and 36 seconds, evacuated the building, and had utilities turn off the electricity and gas.

They set up warming buses and have a service center at a nearby school with teams to help displaced families find places to stay.

The building, which is 96 years old, was reported to have “unsafe façade conditions” such as mortar deteriorating and cracked bricks, but city officials pointed out that doesn’t automatically mean the building was unsafe.

They said they believe work on the façade was being done as recently as a few days ago.

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