FDNY FF injured in floor collapse; building owner issued violation for illegal construction

An assistant chief said firefighters were unaware that the building might be compromised by renovations until the firefighter fell through the floor


By Laura French

NEW YORK — The owner of a building where an FDNY firefighter was injured in a floor collapse on Monday has been issued a violation for illegal construction.  

Fire officials say the floor collapsed from underneath the firefighter during the blaze, causing minor injuries, according to News 12. Following the collapse, all firefighters were pulled from the building and battled the fire outside.

Assistant Fire Chief Joseph Jardin told News 12 there were serious concerns about the building's stability, noting several collapses of both interior and exterior parts of the brownstone structure. Jardin said firefighters were unaware that the building might be compromised by renovations until the firefighter fell through the floor. 

The New York City Department of Buildings issued an illegal construction violation to the owner of the building, saying renovations were being made to the building's interior without the proper permits. 

The fire caused damage to the second and third floors of the brownstone, as well as neighboring buildings, and displaced three families. No injuries to residents were reported. 

 

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