New Jersey house damaged by Sandy demolished after falling off supports

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Investigators in Union Beach are trying to figure out how a home damaged in Superstorm Sandy collapsed Tuesday. (WABC)

A house in New Jersey that was damaged by Superstorm Sandy has been demolished after falling off wooden supports this week.

The home in Union Beach fell about 15 feet and collapsed Monday. No one was injured.

Homeowner Irene Serkus, who had lived there 29 years, told the Asbury Park Press that workers were preparing to pour a concrete foundation when the collapse occurred.

Serkus had wrestled with government programs for more than two years before workers started to lift the home.

"It's been through two hurricanes, a Nor'easter, two snowstorms and it dropped 16 feet and it still had held together pretty well, I was pretty surprised," said the homeowner's daughter Sara Serkus.

She said her mother had not been living there while work was being done on the house. "A lot of our stuff was in there, but I think she was more concerned about the workers, that everyone got out OK," Sara said. "That was her biggest concern."

(Some information from the Associated Press.)
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