Deadly Garment District Collapse

Deadly Garment District Collapse


IS EXPECTED TO RECOVER. LIVE IN BROOKLYN, JESSICA SCHNEIDER, CBS 2 NEWS. GLAD SHE WILL BE OKAY. NEW INFORMATION ON THE DEADLY BUILDING COLLAPSE IN THE GARMENT DISTRICT. A WORKER DIED AND ANOTHER WAS TRAPPED INSIDE A FIVE-STORY BUILDING BEING PREPPED FOR DEMOLITION. TONIGHT, FIRST RESPONDERS DESCRIBED THE DANGERS THAT THEY FACED DURING THAT RESCUE. CBS 2’S TONY AIELLO REPORTS. Reporter: AN AMBULANCE TOOK A DEMOLITION WORKER TO DELL VIEW AFTER HIS THREE-HOUR ORDEAL TRAPPED UNDER TONS OF RUBBLE IN THE BASEMENT OF 27 WEST 38th STREET. HE WAS IN PAIN. HE WASN’T 100% LUCID TOWARDS THE END BUT HE STARTED TO COME BACK AS WE STARTED TO GET HIM OUT. Reporter: THERE WERE 19 WORKERS INSIDE WHEN SEVERAL FLOORS COLLAPSED INTO THE BASEMENT KILLING ONE AND TRAPPING HIS COWORKER FROM NORTHEAST SERVICE INTERIORS OF MASPETH. FIRST RESPONDERS HAD A FULL COMPLEMENT OF HAND TOOLS AND POWER TOOLS. BUT ULTIMATELY THEY DECIDED NOT TO USE THE POWER TOOLS. THEY WERE CONCERNED ABOUT CARBON MONOXIDE LEVELS AND THAT TIGHT CONFINED SPACE AND ALSO THE NOISE INTERFERING WITH COMMUNICATION WITH THE TRAPPED VICTIM. Reporter: THEY WORKED TO LIFT THE COLLAPSED DEBRIS AN INCH AT A TIME WITH LITTLE MARGIN FOR ERROR. AT ONE POINT, WE DIDN’T WANT THE DEBRIS TO SHIFT AT ANOTHER POINT WHERE IT WAS LOCATE ON THE VICTIM. BUT WE HAD ABOUT A HALF DOZEN GUYS THAT WERE RIGHT IN UNDER THE COLLAPSE. Reporter: THE RUSH OF THE EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT SHUT DOWN 38th STREET KEEPING HUNDREDS OF WORKERS FROM THEIR OFFICES. IT’S VERY DISRUPTIVE BUT YOU HAVE TO THINK ABOUT THE LIVES OF THE PEOPLE IN THAT BUILDING. SO I’M TRYING NOT TO MAKE THIS ABOUT ME RIGHT NOW. I MEAN, IT’S JUST I CAN’T EVEN BELIEVE IT. Reporter: THE DEMOLITION HAD PROPER PERMITS. WORK WILL STOP UNTIL THE CITY

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