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Four-story building collapses in Brooklyn

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  • Residential building collapses in Fort Greene area; 4 people have minor injuries
  • Residents in six adjacent buildings told to leave those structures
  • Owner of collapsed building cited in May after inspectors saw vertical cracks on wall
By Chloe Melas
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NEW YORK (CNN) -- A four-story residential building collapsed Sunday in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn, and at least four people suffered minor injuries, according to the New York City Fire Department.

A firefighter surveys the scene of a collapsed building in Brooklyn on Sunday. Four people received minor injuries.

Firefighters and other personnel arrive in the Fort Greene neighborhood on Sunday.

The cause of the midday collapse of the building on Myrtle Avenue between Ryerson and Hall streets was not immediately known. All residents of the building were accounted for, authorities said.

Three people were given medical attention at the scene and a fourth person was taken to a Brooklyn hospital, said a fire department spokesman.

It was not clear whether any of the injured lived in the building.

The New York Department of Buildings said residents in six adjacent buildings were told to leave those structures as investigators worked to determine the cause of the collapse. Video Watch video of the rubble »


A spokeswoman for that department confirmed that the owner of the collapsed building was cited in May after inspectors noticed several vertical cracks on an exterior wall. Watch video of the rubble

That case was scheduled to be heard Monday by the city's Environmental Control Board, which handles citations issued by the buildings department.

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