Breaking: South Tower of Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Collapses, Workers Trapped [Updated]

Posted on: October 21st, 2019 at 10:36 am by

Shortly after 10am this morning, the surviving south tower of the burned-out Beth Hamedrash Hagadol synagogue collapsed, trapping two workers beneath the rubble.

The fire department quickly responded and rescued both from beneath the debris. EMS was also on scene to treat the workers, according to the blotter on the Citizen mobile app.

Little is known about the condition of the demolition crew.

UPDATE: FDNY updated via Twitter that one worker died and the other was badly hurt in the collapse.

What was known, however, is that this south tower was not structurally stable. Back in June, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved demolition plans, which city officials had hoped to incorporate into the new two-towered development planned for the site. City engineers had surveyed the wreckage and concluded that the tower was simply too badly damaged to remain standing, and that it’s a “public safety risk.”

It came true.

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