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Building topples in US

A VACANT five-story building collapsed at a lower Manhattan construction site in New York yesterday morning, but there appeared to be no injuries.

Emergency crews with a dog were sifting through the building's rubble and were going through a neighboring building as a precaution.

Lewis Largent, who lives directly across the street, was looking out the window at 6:15am when "the bricks started trickling off the top corner. I was thinking was it raining or something. Then within 10 seconds it just all came down like a wave or an avalanche."

Inspectors with the city Buildings Department were at the scene, about seven blocks north of the World Trade Center site.

It appeared the front half of the building was sheared off in the collapse, and interior floors were visible from the street. Mounds of bricks were on the ground, and pieces of wood were hanging from what remained of the structure. A car on the street was covered in rubble.

The collapse occurred early yesterday, before the normally busy flow of pedestrians and traffic. The neighborhood is part of an officially designated historic district in the Tribeca section of Manhattan.

A neighborhood businessman said he was worried about a homeless man who often slept outside the building.


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