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Queens Home Collapse Sends Three to Hospital

By Jess Wisloski | August 25, 2012 2:51pm
The FDNY responded to a partial collapse of a Queens home on August 24, 2012.
The FDNY responded to a partial collapse of a Queens home on August 24, 2012.
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LAURELTON — A two-story home with construction going on sent three people to the hospital Friday after instability led to a partial collapse, city officials said.

The residential two-unit building, near Merrick Boulevard in Laurelton, was undergoing some kind of construction, the FDNY said, when they were called in for a rescue at 12:37 p.m.

The FDNY recovered three victims from the building collapse, and rushed them all to North Shore - Long Island Jewish Hospital, where they were in stable condition Saturday.

The property, at 134-21 231st Street, had an open application for work on an expansion behind the lot, to convert it into a three-family home, and to remove an illegal basement unit, according to a permit recorded by the city's Department of Buildings.

Calls to the Buildings Department were not immediately returned Saturday, but a partial vacate order appeared in the building's public listing, and a complaint filed by the DOB at 12:58 p.m. on the day of the rescue cited that the building was categorized as having "shaking, vibrating or structural stability affected."

A spokesman for the Department of Buildings was unable to be reached immediately on Saturday.