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Partial Brooklyn House Collapse Injures Worker

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A construction worker was hospitalized this afternoon following the partial collapse of a residential home in Brooklyn.

The New York City Fire Department says the private home, located at 877 East 95th Street in Canarsie, was under construction.

The collapse occurred on the second floor of the three-story building, according to the New York City Department of Buildings.

The Department of Buildings said that after a preliminary investigation, they believe the second floor of the building had too many concrete blocks and other construction materials placed on top of it, which may have caused the collapse.

Witnesses at the scene told NY1 that the collapse took place during a cement block delivery.

"A couple of the neighbors, we all ran across, and the delivery man was still there, and we saw the man," said one witness. "They were trying to get him out. He was bleeding from the head. And before you turned around, the guy that was delivering the cinder blocks took off on the truck, and we haven't seen him since."

"We just hear a tumbling, loud tumbling," said another witness. "We all rushed out, and we saw when the truck that delivered, coming out, looked like he hooked the wood and pulled it and everything went down. So the guy that was on the top, he fell."

One worker was pulled from the wreckage and transported to Brookdale Hospital.

The worker's condition was not immediately available.

A search is underway for anyone else who may be trapped.

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