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Roof connecting six storefronts comes crashing down in Brooklyn

The trend of collapses continued across New York City on Sunday evening, May 7, when the parapet of six Brooklyn storefronts came tumbling down.

Nearly a dozen people were standing in line for Dolly’s Ices, near the corner of East 58th Street and Avenue T, at around 5:15 p.m. when worker John Furman says he heard the business’ roof begin to buckle and crack.

“It was like a bomb went off,” he told amNewYork Metro. “I am a little shaken up at this point.”

A worker cleans up debris after a parapet wall collaspe left six buildings damaged at East 57th Street and Avenue T.Photo by Lloyd Mitchell Firefighters investigate the collapse.Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

The roof’s extension — connecting a string of Avenue T businesses in Old Mill Basin — quickly came down. While a few bystanders were evaluated by paramedics on the scene, no official injuries were recorded, according to Fire Department sources.

FDNY and the city’s Department of Buildings were quick to respond to the collapse, checking the buildings’ structural stability. Firefighters also worked to remove the free-standing debris and bricks.

Almost the entire block was cordoned off following the collapse.Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

DOB did not immediately respond to a request for further information.

It remains unclear what caused the collapse.