Fifth Fall 2023 Explosion: Small Explosion? Sets Off Partial Building Collapse In Morris Heights, Bronx

Crews searching rubble after partial building collapse in Morris Heights 
MORRIS HEIGHTS, Bronx (WABC) -- Police are on the scene after a building partially collapsed in the Bronx on Monday afternoon. It happened at a six-story occupied building at 1915 Billingsley Terrace around 3:30 p.m. Citizen App video from the scene shows destruction as the corner of the building appears to have collapsed to the sidewalk down below. All people have been evacuated from the partially collapsed building, which has 47 residential units and six businesses. The search for potential victims is ongoing. FDNY Commissioner Laura Kavanagh appeared live on Eyewitness News. She said there is still an active search for anybody that may possibly be trapped inside and crews are in recovery mode. Firefighters are using their hands going through the rubble, as well as using drones and robotics, and canine units. Kavanagh says that firefighters are trained for these situations using rubble pile at the academy. Adjacent buildings at 178 and 182 West Burnside Avenue have also been searched with no victims located. The Department of Buildings is on the scene and will go in after the search to determine the stability of the structure. Eyewitness News has learned the building had many violations. The Housing Preservation and Development reports 178 violations in the last two years, 103 are still open. According to the Department of Buildings website, there are five open violations, including a construction violation. The partial building collapse is also impacting the commute. Source