Updated 07/02/2012 08:03 PM
Brooklyn Brownstone To Be Demolished After Partial Collapse
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The city Department of Buildings has ordered the demolition of a building that partially collapsed in Brooklyn early Monday morning.
Residents were sent scurrying for safety just after 1 a.m. when parts of the three-story brownstone located at 241 Carroll Street in Carroll Gardens came crashing down.
Some debris fell into a children's bedroom, but the family was on vacation.
No one was hurt in the collapse.
The Red Cross says it is helping to relocate 21 adults and six children displaced by the collapse.
"I'm happy that everyone's okay, really. I think material things are material things. That's what it is. We're covered through insurance, thank God," said one tenant.
"I know that no one was hurt, so that's a miracle," said one neighbor.
"I was speaking to a former resident this morning who moved out because there were a lot of structural problems in the building. So she was pretty convinced that it was not a safe place to live," noted another neighbor.
The DOB says the collapse was caused by old age and deterioration.
The brownstone dates back to the mid 1800's.
Construction was expected to begin this week on the very side of the building that collapsed.
The DOB says there were no open work permits or complaints or violations.
The property did have one application from 2010 by an engineer looking to change the building from a four family to a three family dwelling.
Those living in the neighboring building will remain out of their homes until the property is stabilized.
Demolition of the structure is expected to begin on Tuesday morning.