East Village staircase collapse injures 1, strands dozens
One man was seriously injured and dozens of young revelers were stranded on the rooftop of an East Village building after a stairwell platform collapsed early on Sunday morning, police said.
Between 30 and 40 college-aged partygoers were on the roof of 159 2nd Ave. on the Lower East Side when the stairwell crumbled. The man crashed through four half-landings, falling two stories and bringing the party to a frightening halt.
The fire department arrived on the scene at 1:30 a.m. A total of 12 units and 60 firefighters were brought in to assist in the rescue of those left on the roof. Using a cherry-picker crane, everyone was safely brought down to street level by shortly after 3 a.m., a fire department spokesman said.
The man was taken to Bellevue Hospital in critical but stable condition with broken ribs and a broken ankle.
The fire department shored up the staircase with wooden boards, allowing residents to remain in the building.
A Department of Buildings investigation is ongoing.
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