Woman falls through her apartment floor into cellar in Bronx

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Monday, August 29, 2022
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A woman escaped major injury after the floor in her bathroom gave out and she fell into the basement of her building. Naveen Dhaliwal has the details.

HIGH BRIDGE, The Bronx (WABC) -- A woman escaped major injury after the floor in her bathroom gave out and she fell into the basement of her building.

The partial collapse happened in the woman's first-floor apartment just before 9 a.m. on Shakespeare Avenue in the Bronx.

The NYC Department of Buildings arrived to the scene and discovered a portion of the floor, directly in front of the shower and toilet, collapsed into the cellar below.

The woman was rushed to the hospital but fortunately did not suffer major injuries.

Officials with the DOB said their preliminary investigation determined that a lack of proper maintenance was a contributing factor in the collapse.

As a result, the landlord has been issued a violation for failure to properly maintain the building.

The landlord was also ordered to hire a professional engineer and submit an engineering report to the DOB on the structural stability of the floor inside the rest of the apartment.

Tenants said they weren't surprised by the incident and that the landlord is not fixing major problems.

"Look at what happened today...people are getting hurt...we have been telling the landlord, please do something, please do something," tenant Jose Merdera said. "They don't' fix the wall, they don't do nothing."

Buildings inspectors have issued a partial vacate order for the first-floor apartment and the area of the cellar below.

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