The collapse happened around 1:30 a.m. on Carroll Street in the Carroll Gardens section. Authorities say the side wall from the top floor to the foundation collapsed down in an area between the building and a school located next to it.
One family, including three children, was inside the apartment building at the time, but they escaped unharmed. Residents in three other buildings nearby also had to be evacuated as inspectors checked the stability of their buildings. At least 27 residents were unable to re-enter their apartments.
Police say work had previously been done in the building, but no construction was going on in the area at the time. City building inspectors are investigating.
Officials have made the decision to completely demolish the 95-year-old building, but there are some concerns about the effect that would have on the neighboring buildings. The structure, loaced at 241 Carroll Street, will be torn down later Monday. Vacate orders have also been issued for 243 Carroll Street, 240 Carroll Street, 115 First Place and 117 First Place as a precaution.
The cause of the collapse remains under investigation. The building has no outstanding complaints nor violations, and there are no outstanding work permits issued for any construction at the building.
Subway trains on the G and F lines were bypassing the area while officials surveyed the building's stability, but regular service resumed just after 6 a.m.
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