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Man rescued after falling 12 to 15 feet in sidewalk collapse

October 24, 2020 GMT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City firefighters rescued a man Saturday after a sidewalk partially collapsed, sending him tumbling 12 to 15 feet into a hole.

The collapse happened shortly before 12:30 p.m. on Third Avenue in the Belmont section of the Bronx, officials said. Firefighters were able to get to the man from the basement of a dentist’s office.

The man, who was not identified, was taken to a hospital and was listed in serious, but stable, condition.

The Department of Buildings said the section of sidewalk was in disrepair and located above an extended portion of a building’s basement. The building containing the dentist’s office was ordered vacated until repairs are made, and the owner was ordered to immediately install a fence around the sidewalk.