Bronx Building Partially Evacuated When Retaining Wall Collapses

May 13, 2018 - 2:39 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A Bronx building was partially evacuated Sunday when a retaining wall collapsed.

The 30-foot by 60-foot wall collapsed behind 3138 Bailey Ave. in the Kingsbridge Heights section of the Bronx just before noon, 1010 WINS’ Roger Stern reported.

Workers were using jackhammers on the wall when it came down, Stern reported.

Bronx Retaining Wall Collapse
Roger Stern/1010 WINS

Charmaine Yates was at home in her apartment when the wall came down.

“All of a sudden, my building shook and I heard this huge collapse,” she said.

Deputy Assistant Fire Chief Michael Gala said some of the debris went into the building’s windows.

“The slab collapsed. The debris under it was almost like a little mudslide into the back of the building,” he said.

The basement and first floor of the building were evacuated, as well as 12 apartments in the building behind it on Heath Avenue.

There were no injuries. Police and firefighters continued to search through the rubble late Sunday afternoon, but said everyone was accounted for and OK.