NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A building under construction in Jersey City that nearly blew in high winds Monday night is now being demolished.
As reported by CBS2’s Kiran Dhillon, the demolition began this morning. The crews are busy tearing down the four-story house.
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For security reasons, the neighboring building must also be demolished.
Bit by bit, top to bottom, the house under construction on Fisk Street in Jersey City will now collapse. It collapsed on Monday night due to strong winds.
“The wind hit it. We believe an unobstructed wind was coming over Newark Bay and coming right over. The first thing the wind hit was this building, ”said Steven J. McGill, Jersey City director of public safety.
Three buildings on both sides, including a learning center, were evacuated as a precaution.
On Tuesday, the DeJesus family, who live in the neighboring house, also learned that it had to be torn down.
“What was your reaction when you saw it?” asked Dhillon.
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“Really devastated,” Coraima DeJesus replied.
Horrified, the family gathered their belongings, unsure where they would go now.
“Right now it’s a disaster. I can’t believe this is happening, ”DeJesus said. “It’s such a traumatic situation for our family right now, I don’t understand.”
Gino Ferrulli owns the house where the DeJesus family lives and the Growing Tree Learning Center. He said the center was spared, but he feels with the family.
“It’s a sad day,” said Ferrulli. “We have some structural damage in the back of the learning center, nothing big. But when all of this is dismantled, it will hopefully reopen by the end of the week, most likely on Monday. “
Neighbors say they are glad no one was injured in the collapse.
According to the fire department, the demolition of the first house will take several days and is expected to take until this weekend.
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Kiran Dhillon of CBS2 contributed to this report.