Hurricane Winds Tore off Chelsea Building Facade

November 1, 2012
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On Oct. 29, as winds from Hurricane Sandy reached its height, the facade of an apartment building in Chelsea tore away, exposing the apartments inside. The building had serious warning signs before the collapse, as fire trucks and emergency vehicles were present before the facade fell. According to the fire department, a call came in just before 8 p.m. Monday that debris was falling onto the sidewalk.

In all, 14 people had to be evacuated, several of them tourists staying in apartments let out for short-term rentals. While firefighters knocked off debris that was still hanging off the facade, police worked to help displaced residents in temporary shelter.

 

 

For a video showing the building's collapse, you can click here.