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Elevator Drops Injuring Two People

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Two construction workers were injured Wednesday August 6th, 2014, in Greenwich Village when elevator cables snapped, causing the elevator to drop half a floor. The workers were part of a 12-apartment renovation at the 56 West 11th St. apartment building.

According to reports, the workers had opened up the elevator car's ceiling hatch and had pushed pipes through the hatch.  When the pipes got tangled in the cables it caused the cables to snap.   

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Fire Rages through Bronx Neighborhood Engulfing Three Homes

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On the afternoon of July 30, 2014, a fast-moving fire ripped through the Wakefield section of the Bronx, spreading from one residence and then to two others next door.

Neighbors first called 911 around 1:55 p.m. when they noticed white smoke coming from a nearby house in. Multiple people were seen escaping from the enflamed residences, including several children. An elderly woman was heroically assisted by neighbors as they were able to escort her away from her engulfed home.

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Forklift Accident Results In the Death of a Young Brooklyn Man

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A 22-year-old Brooklyn man was tragically killed in a forklift accident on June 10th, 2014. Police reported that the young man was using an electric pallet stacker to push a Yale electric forklift up a ramp towards the roof of a Midwood supermarket in Brooklyn. Although the forklift was being guided by another employee, it still unfortunately rolled backward and fatally pinned the young worker against a wall.

The Brighton Beach resident, was rushed to Kings County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. No arrests were made.

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Coney Island Housing Blaze Leaves Veteran NYPD Officer Dead

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A recent fire in Coney Island killed one veteran NYPD officer and critically injured another.  Both officers suffered severe smoke and carbon monoxide inhalation, which ultimately caused one officer to fall into coma while the other struggled to survive in the burn unit. The fire was allegedly set by a local teenager.

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Brooklyn Building Collapses During Construction

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An increase in construction around New York City and its surrounding boroughs is generally viewed as a sign of an economic rebound. In recent years, New York has seen a dramatic increase in residential high-rise construction, hotel redevelopment, the initiation of large transportation projects, as well as an increase in construction projects in general. It is certainly a good economic indicator for New Yorkers that we are starting new buildings and that construction workers are given more opportunities in their profession.

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