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Five-storey building collapses in New York

Part of a vacant five-storey building collapsed on Thursday morning in lower Manhattan.

A 15m wide by 18m long section of the building, which sits between Reid Street and Chamber Street, collapsed. Work is ongoing to demolish the remainder of the strucuture.

The building had been vacant for some time and there had been concerns about its stability

“Department engineers had been there on Tuesday”, said a New York building department spokesman. “They asked the building owner to do some shoring works. They also asked for a 20ft [6m] no construction zone around the building.”

An excavation for a new development is being constructed next door. An investigation into why the building collapsed is ongoing

The building is part of an officially designated historic district in the Tribeca section of Manhattan, and the building was constructed in the late 1890s.

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