Wall collapses in Brooklyn, crushing cars

Dray Clark with the story from Crown Heights, Brooklyn. (WABC)
May 5, 2014 8:37:03 AM PDT
A wall collapsed behind a Crown Heights, Brooklyn, apartment building Friday morning, crushing several parked cars.

The retaining wall collapsed onto a detached parking garage behind a building at 743 Crown Street just after 7 a.m.

The force of the crash crushed at least three cars. No injuries were reported.

The buildings Department will investigate the collapse and whether it was weather related.

Firefighters say all of the rain we've had in the last couple of days mostly likely caused an already weakend wall to buckle.

"It sounded like Brooklyn fell down," neighbor Dionne Willis said. "It was really, really loud...I was just afraid with all the rain that we've been having, already on my own, and then to come see it happening next door to my house, very scary."

Another neighbor was also looking on worried someone might be buried beneath the rubble.

"I came out, there was nobody," Debbie Rubin said. "There was nobody. I said thank you."

Officers used three K-9 rescue dogs to search through the rubble to ensure no one was trapped. Meanwhile, theres no definitive cause has been determined. The Department of Buildings is at the scene, trying to shore everything up with the building to make sure there is no further collapse.

As for the other houses on the 700 block of Crown Street, department officials say everything is OK. They expect no other collapses, but it was a very scary situation for neighbors who heard that big boom.

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