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One dead in NYC partial building collapse

A partial ceiling collapse in a Midtown Manhattan building left one person dead and one person in serious condition, said the New York City Fire Department. (Tweet this)

Street scene after a ceiling partially collapsed at an eight-story building under demolition on in Manhattan.
Source: NBC 4 New York
Street scene after a ceiling partially collapsed at an eight-story building under demolition on in Manhattan.

The FDNY said the collapse occurred at a building undergoing demolition on West 38th Street. At least 60 firefighters and the Office of Emergency Management responded to the scene shortly after 10:30 a.m. EDT Friday, Local NBC affiliate WNBC reported.

One person remained trapped in the rubble for hours before he was finally rescued and taken to the hospital around 2 p.m. Officials told WNBC there were 19 people in the building at the time, 17 of whom got out safely.

Neither the company doing the demolition nor Fortuna Realty Group, which bought the property in 2012 for $11.8 million, returned WNBC's request for comment.

Authorities said neighboring buildings aren't at risk but that the site itself could potentially collapse. Officials added that drivers can expect traffic delays in the area.

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