Man rescued after sidewalk collapsed beneath him in the Bronx

BELMONT, the Bronx (WABC) -- A man was rescued after the sidewalk collapsed beneath him in the Bronx Saturday.

Firefighters responded to 3rd Avenue near East 183rd Street in Belmont just after 12:20 p.m. for reports of a person injured.

They carried out a technical rescue to extricate the man who fell approximately 12-15 feet down a hole in the sidewalk.

He was treated at the scene and taken to St. Barnabas Hospital in serious, but stable condition.

Department of Buildings inspectors said a sidewalk vault that was in a state of disrepair is what collapsed.

Because of this, they issued a full vacate order for the building.

The building owner was ordered to immediately install a construction fence at the property to protect the public.

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Police say the victim is 20-year-old Ethan Williams, who was visiting from Indianapolis.

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