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Three Workers Hurt in Ceiling Collapse on Lexington Avenue

By Julie Shapiro | January 8, 2013 2:50pm | Updated on January 8, 2013 3:23pm
 A ceiling collapsed at 160 Lexington Ave. Jan. 8, 2013, officials said.
A ceiling collapsed at 160 Lexington Ave. Jan. 8, 2013, officials said.
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MURRAY HILL — Three workers were hurt — two seriously — when the ceiling collapsed in a historic Murray Hill building Tuesday afternoon that used to house part of Tuoro College, officials said.

The collapse occurred just after 1:30 p.m. at 160 Lexington Ave., at the corner of East 30th Street, the FDNY said.

One worker was trapped and had to be rescued by emergency workers, the FDNY said. That worker and another suffered serious injuries and were taken to New York Downtown Hospital, the FDNY said.

A third worker suffered minor injuries and refused medical attention at the scene, the FDNY said.

The building, which is landmarked, appeared to be under renovation at the time of the collapse, the FDNY said.

The property's owner, Lexington Landmark Properties LLC, applied for a permit last summer to convert the former Touro College building to commercial retail space, according to the Department of Buildings website.

A representative of the owner did not immediately return a call for comment.

Emergency responders shut down Lexington Avenue between East 30th and East 31st streets, along with East 30th Street between Park Avenue South and Lexington Avenue, the city's Office of Emergency Management said