A four-story tenement building on Fulton Street in Bed-Stuy collapsed earlier this afternoon, leaving rescue teams scrambling to get to the site to search for injured people and transportation snarled in the surrounding areas. According to Property Shark, 1438 Fulton Street, near Tompkins Avenue, was built in 1910; it contained five apartments and a retail space at the bottom. It was apparently empty, but rescuers are going to search the precious structure that remains as well as rubble. They are currently investigating whether any passersby were injured. Current reports vary, putting the number of injuries anywhere between zero and three people, so stay tuned. For now, the A and C trains are running with modified service, and some of the roads around the collapse will be blocked off.
Here's a Google Street View photo from September 2014. Note the lot to the building's right was already vacant then:
"I thought it was a bomb that went off" witness said of Fulton St. building collapse pic.twitter.com/cMN4vBAAH4— Camille Bautista (@CamBautista) July 14, 2015
Scary BedStuy building collapse. The orange awning is the vet that gave Chief his checkups. I lived 3 blocks away. pic.twitter.com/HtbQ50cgzJ— Matt Walks (@mgwalks) July 14, 2015
Building collapse in bed sty. pic.twitter.com/5mJ9LsN3Dm— Ivan Pereira (@IvanPer4) July 14, 2015