JERSEY CITY, New Jersey (WABC) – City officials said a building in Jersey City that partially collapsed when gusty winds swept the area needs to be demolished.
On Tuesday morning, the demolition of an allegedly multi-storey residential unit was in progress.
The Jersey City Fire Department said the incident occurred shortly after 8:30 p.m. Monday when a call came in about a possible building collapse with people trapped in it.
They say a four-story building under construction reportedly collapsed due to high winds in the area. The building was pushed from its foundation into the building next door.
The neighboring family called 911. They got out safely, but their two-story house was also damaged and has to be demolished as well.
A school behind the building was also damaged, so the school was canceled on Tuesday.
Ten residents of the two houses on each side were relocated.
Maria Torres had lived there with her two children for 21 years. She described how she got her family out on Monday evening.
“I was in the middle of the hall, the house probably collapsed and I ran, I screamed, got the kids out and we just ran down the stairs and left with nothing,” said Torres.
Your friends have already created a GoFundMe for them to help with moving costs and rent.
“I’m staying with a friend for a minute but I don’t know what we’re going to do, we have to find a place, I don’t know where, we can’t afford to go anywhere, things are so expensive out here” , she said.
No injuries were reported.
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