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Building Collapse in Astoria Injures Construction Worker, FDNY Says

By  Jeanmarie Evelly and Sybile Penhirin | October 29, 2015 2:12pm 

 The 2-story building at 25-26 Broadway was under construction when it partially collapsed, FDNY says.
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ASTORIA — A construction worker was injured after a building partially collapsed in Queens Thursday morning, according to the FDNY.

The man was sent to Mount Sinai Hospital with minor injuries, officials said.

The roofing gave way in the two-story building under construction at 25-26 Broadway between Cresent and 29th streets just after 10 a.m.

It was not immediately clear what caused the collapse and the Department of Buildings said it was still investigating the incident.

More than half of the existing building is being demolished to build a new, 6-story apartment building at the site, DOB records show.

Police tape blocked off the location Thursday afternoon as well as the neighboring buildings on either side. Osaka, a Japanese restaurant next door, was temporarily evacuated as officials inspected the location, according to a staffer there.

Michael D. Costs, 35, who manages the Dunkin' Donuts a few doors away, said he went outside to see what was happening after he saw fire trucks rushing to the scene and saw a man being loaded into an ambulance.

"He was conscious, talking," he said, adding that he knows most of the construction workers at the site since they come into the store to get coffee in the morning. "Of course it's sad, but thankfully no one died."

City records list the owner of the property as Sanvito Realty Holding Corp. A message left for the company was not immediately returned Thursday.