Harlem Building Collapses at West 123rd Street

[flv:/flv/apb_harlembldgcollapse.flv 600 440] DATELINE MAY 4TH, 2012

A five story unoccupied building collapsed in Harlem. The brownstone on west 123rd street went down in a cloud of dust and smoke. The building fell apart just before 5 p.m. Fire officials say the 100 year old building “pancaked” as the floors fell onto each other into a pile of debris. No one was injured.

NYPD and FDNY Search and Rescue crews combed through the rubble, using search dogs and listening devices. Fire crews stayed behind to aid in the clean-up Friday evening.

The Department of Buildings is investigating the collapse but so far has determined there were no records of violations at the site.