Floor Collapse at Party in Rockaways Leaves Two Hurt

By Tom Liddy on March 18, 2012 1:38pm 

A dozen people were rescued in the Rockaways on March 18, 2012 after a floor collapsed during a house party.
A dozen people were rescued in the Rockaways on March 18, 2012 after a floor collapsed during a house party.
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QUEENS — A St. Patrick's Day house party in Arverne came to a frightening end Saturday night when the floor of the building where it was being held collapsed, authorities said.

The incident at 451 Beach 72nd St., near Hessler Avenue, which unfolded just before 10:50 p.m. left a dozen people trapped in the three-story building after the third floor collapsed onto the second, the FDNY said.

Police said that party-goers could be seen fleeing the house when they arrived.

Firefighters from Ladder 121 pulled eight people from the building using a tower ladder, a spokesman said.

Four others were pulled out of the building through the front entrance.

Two people were rushed to St. John's Hospital, one in stable condition and the other in serious condition, the FDNY said.

The cause of the collapse was under the investigation. It was also not clear how many people were in the house at the time.

After the collapse, the city' Department of Buildings issued a full vacate order for the building, the FDNY said.

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