House Lift Comes Down


As The Rockaway Times was going to press, we received reports of a partial house collapse in Roxbury.

A home at 72 Hillside Avenue, which was being raised, fell on Wednesday afternoon. Nearby volunteer fire departments, including Point Breeze and the Rockaway Point Fire Department responded to the scene, as well as FDNY. No one was injured as all occupants were out of the home under construction. Occupants were inside the house next door, but they were able to evacuate their home safely. The house was found to be in stable condition as emergency crews and members of the NYC Department of Buildings were called to determine how to remove the structure.

Despite initial suspicions that the home was part of a Build it Back project, which has seen its fair share of mishaps, neighbors said the home was not under Build it Back and was simply undergoing a lift.

Photos by Point Breeze Fire Department and Stephen Rudolph.