- An Elite Body Gym in Brooklyn collapsed on Wednesday.
- NYPD said no injuries have been reported as of yet.
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A building in Brooklyn collapsed on Wednesday and residents were asked to avoid the area, The New York Police Department reported.
—NYPD 76th Precinct (@NYPD76Pct) July 1, 2020
An NYPD spokesperson confirmed to Insider that the building was an Elite Body Gym in the Carroll Gardens neighborhood.
No major injuries were reported. In a tweet, NYC Council Member Brad Lander said the building was closed for construction, and subject to a stop-work order.
—Brad Lander (@bradlander) July 1, 2020
“One person was inside, but he got out with only minor injuries before the building collapsed,” Lander said.
An FDNY spokesperson confirmed to Insider that one person was being treated for minor injuries at the scene.
According to Telegraph reporter Josie Ensor, the building had been “bulging for weeks.”
—Josie Ensor (@Josiensor) July 1, 2020
In a tweet, Ensor reported that a gas leak was reported at the gym, and residents were ordered into their homes. NYPD did not give an official cause of the collapse.
An employee at the nearby Enoteca restaurant told Insider that stores in the vicinity were instructed to close down.
—FDNY (@FDNY) July 1, 2020
Gothamist reported that in October 2019, Union & Court Realty Corp, the building’s owners, were issued a violation. According to Department of Building records, the violation was for violating to maintain the building and that there were noticeable structural cracks and bulging on the exterior masonry walls. The owners paid a $3,155 fine.
Additionally, according to Gothamist, on June 10 a partial stop-work order was issued because a brick wall was “dangerously bulging over public sidewalk.”
NYPD and the Fire Department are on the scene.
An NYPD spokesperson told Insider that the Department of Buildings was responding to the scene.
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“DOB engineers and inspectors are on scene investigating the building collapse in Brooklyn. Our investigation is ongoing,” A DOB spokesperson told Insider.
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