One dies after building collapses in Brighton Beach

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Firefighters race to pull out a crew of construction workers who fell under a wave of concrete and debris following the collapse on Brighton Fifth Street.
A firefighter tries to get some information from a construction worker caught under an avalanche of concrete and debris after a five-story building fell under its own weight.
Firefighters pull out a construction worker caught in the collapse of a Brighton Fifth Street building on Tuesday afternoon.
Firefighters carefully lift an injured, concrete-covered construction worker from the Brighton Fifth Street collapse.
Firefighters give oxygen to one of the five construction workers pulled from the collapse on Brighton Fifth Street on Tuesday.
Construction workers were covered in concrete dust and soot when they were pulled out of the collapse on Brighton Fifth Street.
Paramedics rush a wounded construction member out of the danger zone.
Firefighters from Ladder Company 161 scale the five-story construction site to remove a crew of construction workers trapped underneath the rubble.

Firemen were able to pull three construction workers from a pile of rubble when a portion of an under-construction building on Brighton Fifth Street collapsed on Tuesday afternoon, but one of the workers later died after suffering a heart attack during the ordeal.

The rescued men, who had been working on the five-story building, were quickly located and dug out by emergency personnel before being rushed to both Lutheran Medical Center and Coney Island Hospital, according to officials.

Two other workers were injured, but were able to make it out of the building on their own.

Firefighters and paramedics raced to the building between Neptune and Oceanview avenues at 2:30 pm, just moments after the afternoon calm on the quiet block was punctuated with the groan of the building struggling under its own weight.

“When the building collapsed I heard this loud sound, then it felt like an earthquake hit. You could feel the shock,” 12-year-old Mohammad Gondal, who lived a block away from the construction site, said. “When they were pulling people out of the rubble, their skin was all black, as if they had been burned.”

Department of Building inspectors were dispatched to the building — half of which remains intact — to find out what happened. Witnesses told reporters that the collapse took place after the construction crew poured concrete onto the building’s second and third floors.

Developers wanted to build a five-story residential building that would accommodate up to 14 families, according to city records.

Calls to the building developer were not returned by Tuesday evening.

— with Colin Mixson

Reach reporter Thomas Tracy at or by calling (718) 260-2525.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019: Updated to note death of one of the men pulled from the rubble.
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