Building Collapse In Downtown Poughkeepsie

UPDATE:  The woman trapped in the building collapse on Academy Street, was pulled out of the rubble at about 8:30pm.  She suffered a broken leg and other injuries.  She was transported to a local hospital.  A section of Academy Street remained closed early Tuesday morning.


(Poughkeepsie, NY)  --  Rescue workers are on the scene of a building collapse in downtown Poughkeepsie.  According to City of Poughkeepsie Police, part of a vacant seven story building at 19 Academy Street collapsed onto a three story building at 17 Academy Street trapping at least two people inside.

 City of Poughkeepsie Firefighters were able to rescue a man and he was rushed to the hospital, a woman remained trapped inside. Two firefighters were injured during the effort.  Rescue workers continue to try and extricate the woman. State agencies and the American Red Cross were on the scene assisting the city emergency responders.

The collapse of the buildings happened at 4:04 pm just as a severe thunder storm was blowing through the area.  The storm damaged several trees in the city and town including at Vassar College and on Burnett Boulevard.

 Neighbors say the seven story structure is known as the Cleveland Building and has been vacant for several years.  The street level retail part of the building was once home to the popular record store “Record City,” until it closed about fifteen years ago

Photo:  WKIP

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