JERSEY CITY, NJ (CBSNewYork) – The powerful gusts of wind on Monday night wreaked havoc in Jersey City, pushing a building under construction off its foundations.
The winds also caused the evacuation of a nearby house and damaged The Learning Tree daycare, CBS2’s Ali Bauman reported.
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Fortunately, no one got hurt. City officials said it happened around 8:45 p.m. on Fisk Street near West Side Avenue. Authorities said the four-story building is under construction and is currently unoccupied.
But after the partial collapse, firefighters evacuated neighboring buildings. A fire chief said 10 to 12 residents had been relocated, with some staying at a local hotel.
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In addition, the neighboring daycare also suffered significant damage.
“The back of this building actually exploded about 1.50 to 10 feet from its foundation, hit the side of this school, smashed the back exit stairs to the back, so the school will be closed tomorrow, “Jersey City Fire Chief Steven McGill said.
CBS2 has learned that the owners are working to have a demolition crew on site to demolish the building.
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The street will be closed on Tuesday so that city engineers can access the building under construction and surrounding buildings.