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Croxley Ales Evacuated After Debris Falls From Building

By  Ben Fractenberg and Elizabeth Barber | April 16, 2013 5:00pm | Updated on April 16, 2013 6:37pm

EAST VILLAGE — A dozen people were evacuated from Croxley Ales after debris started falling from the building's fifth floor Tuesday afternoon, fire officials said.

The six-story building at 28 Avenue B, which houses Croxley Ales on the ground floor, was evacuated about 3:15 p.m. after a crack was discovered running all the way up the back of the building and debris began falling, officials said.

A woman who has lived in 28 Avenue B for 20 years said she started to notice cracks in her ceiling after construction started in a vacant lot at 26 Avenue B next-door to her building.

"It was shaking the building," said the woman, who would only give her first name, Charlotte, 40.

Charlotte called the building's super to look at the cracks in her ceiling Tuesday and the super then went to the basement where a larger crack was discovered, she added. They then called the fire department.

A complaint filed on the Department of Buildings' website Tuesday said excavation being done at the adjacent construction site "has hit and damaged building with large gaping space on outer [facade]."

Joe Ferrante, an FDNY battalion chief, said excavation "possibly contributed" to the damage.

No one was injured, officials said.

The developer of 26 Avenue B, where a six-story building is set to rise, did not immediately respond to a call for comment. The construction company, Forsyth, did not immediately comment.