Four-story building collapses in Bedford-Stuyvesant

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Rubble: The collapsed building at 1440 Fulton St.
The aftermath: All that is left of the Fulton Street building that collapsed on Tuesday afternoon.
Bird’s-eye view: Authorities examine the debris from a cherry-picker.
On the scene: A detective from the police’s arson explosion unit — or so it says on his shirt.
In the know: FDNY Deputy Assistant Fire Chief Wayne Cartwright briefs reporters at the scene of the building collapse.

A four-story Bedford-Stuyvesant building collapsed on Tuesday afternoon, injuring a handful of people and sending emergency services scrambling to find anyone who might be in the building.

The building at 1440 Fulton St., which is directly across from the intersection of Thompkins Avenue, collapsed at 2:27 pm on Tuesday, according to police. Three people who were outside the building when it fell sustained minor injuries in the implosion, cops said.

Police believe the building was vacant, but in the hours after the disaster, the fire department was still searching the site in case someone was inside. A couple of police arson explosion detectives were also spotted examining on the scene.

The fire department is still investigating the cause of the collapse, according to police.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her at
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

jjm from c. hill says:
Lawsuits coming soon!!
July 14, 2015, 5:10 pm
Mom from Clinton Hill says:
NYC Dept of Bldgs is a disgrace.
July 14, 2015, 7:57 pm
jjm from c. hill says:
@mom, i know they are. Thats why i would sue the sh*t outta them. Even if i got a few cuts & bruises, i'd still try to milk 'em for 6 figures or maybe more.
July 14, 2015, 8:45 pm
jjm from c. hill says:
But im pretty sure those injured already have the thought of filing suit in their plans.
July 14, 2015, 8:47 pm
Powder from Brooklyn Heights says:
jjm represents the "gimme gimme" culture so prevelant in his "community". Those sorts are always looking to "milk" whatever they can, for the free "milk" they'll get from it. Disgraceful, to say the least.
July 15, 2015, 7:11 am
Tyler from pps says:
Why doesn't this article mention that the reason this building was vacant was because it was ALREADY SCHEDULED to be demolished. So, obviously the building has issues.

Given this -- Why, exactly, is the NYC Dept of Buildings such a "disgrace" and why would they be liable for any of this?

Mom and jjm -- Are you guys in Mensa?
July 15, 2015, 12:39 pm

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