One Killed in Manhattan Building Collapse
Details of the Manhattan Building Collapse
Authorities are still investigating what caused the five-story home to crumble, but they have identified the victim as 26-year-old Pedro Bacilio.
The accident occurred when the interior fell from the fifth floor to the basement, creating a V-shaped cavity and trapping a second worker at the bottom. Emergency responders worked for three hours to remove the debris and rescue the man while trying to avoid becoming trapped themselves.
Seventeen other workers escaped uninjured.
The owner of the property, Fortuna Realty Group, had all the necessary permits for the demolition, according to building officials. The only offence they had been cited for was excessive debris. The realty group has been planning to build a 170-room boutique hotel at the site.
Delay of Demolition Previously Requested
On Thursday, an engineer on the project requested that the work on the demolition cease until the building could be shored up better. It was unclear if work had resumed on Friday when the accident occurred.
According to a lawyer of the demolition firm, Northeast Service Interiors, the work on the building was being done to code.
Rick Chandler, city buildings commissioner, issued a statement about the collapse, calling it a reminder of “the risks of construction work, particularly in the demolition of buildings.”