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Collapsed Schenectady house is demolished

Collapsed Schenectady house is demolished

Structure was empty when incident occurred

SCHENECTADY — A two-story house on Eastern Avenue that partially collapsed Wednesday was demolished Thursday after city officials declared it could not be salvaged.

The building at 1191 Eastern Ave., near Plymouth Avenue, was undergoing an extensive rehabilitation and was jacked up off its foundation when something caused it to collapse. The city Fire Department received the call at 6:44 p.m. Wednesday.

"When we got there, we found a two-story house where the first story had collapsed into the basement and the second story had slid toward the neighbor's (home)," Deputy Fire Chief Don Mareno said. "The contractor had an incident that caused this, so we took control of the scene."

Mareno said there was nobody inside the house when it collapsed, though there were contractor employees working outside. There were no injuries.

Mareno said the city water department and National Grid were immediately notified, so utilities could be shut off, and the fire department checked neighboring properties to be sure their utilities weren't affected.

The deputy chief said he couldn't say whether there was blame for the incident. The city building and codes department also responded.

A demolition crew took the building down Thursday afternoon.

Reach Gazette reporter Stephen Williams at 395-3086, [email protected] or @gazettesteve on Twitter.

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