Man injured after floor collapse at Brooklyn demolition site

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A man was seriously injured Tuesday when he fell through the floor of a dilapidated Brooklyn building while rooting around for construction materials, authorities said.Firefighters scrambled to free the 33-year-old treasure hunter from the crumbling basement of the Rutland Road building at Brooklyn Ave. in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens after the floor gave out at 12:30 p.m.

For an hour, firefighters and medics communicated with the trapped man as they shored up the basement enough to take him out, an FDNY spokesman said.

“We had rescue medics inside (the building),” the spokesman said. “They rendered care and spoke to him.”

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Emergency responders worked to rescue the man after he was buried under a heap of rubble

Once he was freed, the man was rushed to Kings County Hospital, where he was listed in serious condition.

The Rutland Road address is a former lounge that was purchased by the church next door, according to city records.

On Jan. 31, neighbors contacted the city’s Department of Buildings, claiming one side of the structure was “leaning,” city records show.

 
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Firefighters scrambled to free the hardhat from the crumbling basement of the Rutland Road building

After receiving complaints that the new owners only demolished half the building, the DOB issued an emergency order on Feb. 12 commanding the property be razed, “due to concerns about hazards the building presented to the public,” records show.

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The new owners also received a city Environmental Control Board violation for failing to maintain the building after it partially collapsed.

On Tuesday, the city approved an application to fully demolish the building, but the permits were not issued when the scavenger fell through the floor.

After an inspection, the DOB issued three violations against the owner for removing sections of the building without a permit, failure to safeguard workers and property and failure to maintain the building “in a code compliant manner,” an agency spokesman said.

(Todd Maisel/New York Daily News)

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