Thursday, May 27, 2010

Staten Island's Cromwell Recreation Center Collapses

A collapse at the Cromwell Center in Tompkinsville left a corner of the building in the water. Cromwell is SI's only Parks Department recreation center. (Photo courtesy of Marilyn Miller)

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A "major" collapse of the Cromwell Center in Tompkinsville is being reported, and numerous emergency officials are on the scene, according to the State Island Advance.

There are no injuries reported and nobody is believed to be trapped inside the building, according to emergency officials who conducted initial searches.

Click here for a map of the location.

A pylon at the front of the building on Pier 6 has collapsed, according to an account from the scene, and the front right corner of the building is in the water.

According to an employee at a nearby business, the collapsed was foreshadowed by an ominous noise. 

"We could hear the cracking and pieces started falling off," the witness said. "Within 10 minutes, the whole front section went down."

'Major' collapse at Staten Island's Cromwell Center; no injuries reported

Staten Island Advance - May 26, 2010

Photo: SI Advance.

Cromwell Center Collapse

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