Man falls through stairs, Harlem building evacuated

August 30, 2013 2:53:34 PM PDT
An apartment building in Manhattan was evacuated Thursday night after a resident was hurt when a staircase collapsed.

It happened in a building on East 104th Street in Harlem Thursday afternoon.

Relocated residents were allowed to come and collect belongings Friday.

No one was surprised that a section of stairwell collapsed under 34-year-old building resident, Charlie Vargas.

A cell phone photo shows the hole in the stairwell, with a workman's ladder placed across the cave in after the accident happened.

The people relocated have no answers about when they might return to their homes.

Nearly a dozen are children, which reminds residents that the stairwell accident could have been worse.