At least 1 injured in Brooklyn scaffolding collapse

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FLATBUSH, Brooklyn — At least one person was injured in a Wednesday scaffolding collapse in Brooklyn, officials said.

The partial collapse happened on Church Avenue around 2 p.m., officials said. Surveillance video shows a woman running for her life as smoke billows up from the collapse.

Richard Rajkumar and his niece were inside their family restaurant when the collapse began.

"All of a sudden, we hear a loud rumbling noise," Rajkumar said. "Then we look, the bricks keep falling, the front of the awning keeps falling, the whole store front falls down."

It's still unclear what caused the the collapse, but FDNY officials said it started when the brick facade gave way in front of two store fronts.

Four buildings ultimately had to be evacuated, and affected tenants have been offered relocation assistance by the American Red Cross, officials said.

No identifying information was immediately available for the woman, whose injuries were minor.

Emergency officials were on scene evaluating the situation.

 

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