NEW YORK — Emergency responders are on the scene of a partial building collapse in the Bronx.
It happened around 3:40 p.m. at a seven-story apartment building on West Burnside Avenue in Phelan Place. The first of the building houses businesses, the rest of the building is residential.
The FDNY gave the address as 1915 Billingsley Terrace. The portion of the building which collapsed, however, is located on West Burnside Avenue, and the address was initially given as 172 West Burnside Avenue.
The FDNY said there have been no reports of injuries thus far but they are continuing to search the area. The FDNY is using drones and dogs to search the area.
“We will presume, with an occupied building, that there was someone there,” FDNY Commissioner Laura Kavanagh told CBS New York.
All utilities have been shut off at the building.
The majority of the apartment building is still standing. The corner of the building collapsed, all the way from the roof down to the street. Several rooms within the building are now exposed to the street.
Personal items, such as a hanging shoe organizer loaded with shoes, could be seen from the street below. A bed appeared to be crushed in one of the crushed rooms. A small jacket could be seen hanging on the wall of one of the rooms.
The base of the building has a sidewalk shed on it. The shed is now partially surrounded by an extensive pile of rubble.
The FDNY, NYPD and Department of Buildings are among the emergency responders at the scene.
There was no immediate word of the number of people who will be displaced as a result of the collapse.
Check back soon for more information on this developing story.
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