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Demolition Underway at Collapsed Carroll Gardens Building

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Demolition was underway Tuesday on the four-story brownstone building in Brooklyn that collapsed a day earlier.

Sisi Schneider, one of the owners of the building, said she is focusing on moving on and rebuilding her family's lives. On Tuesday afternoon, she said she and her family were at a K-mart to buy new clothes.

"I'm really trying not thinking about [it] right now," Schneider said. "We have three children and I just want to get through the summer safe and then we'll see what we'll do."

Spectators gathered as a tall crane was put in place near 241 Carroll Street, a day after the eastern wall of the handsome home collapsed, exposing the interior of the building.

There were no injuries.

Workers from Tucci Demolition began removing pieces of the masonry wall on the top floor and will work their way to the first floor. It will take several days, the Department of Buildings said.

The collapse happened at around 1:30 a.m. Monday in the borough's Carroll Gardens neighborhood. About six building residents were unable to return to their apartments and found other places to stay.

Police say work had previously been done in the building and that city building inspectors are investigating.

Day camps that use the adjacent PS 58 School building in Carroll Gardens were barred from the building again on Tuesday.

The fallen walls of are close to PS 58’s gymnasium, with only a single-car driveway separating the two buildings.

The driveway is now filled with bricks and rubble.

Guia Marie del Prado contributed reporting.

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