East Harlem Building Evacuated After Man Falls Through Stairs: FDNY

Friday, Aug 30, 2013  |  Updated 9:27 AM EDT
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Building Evacuated After Man Falls Through Stairs: FDNY

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A building was evacuated in Harlem over stability concerns after a man fell through a set of stairs inside, authorities say. 

The FDNY said emergency responders were called to 29 E. 104th St. in East Harlem Thursday afternoon for a person who fell through the stairs. It wasn't immediately clear what floor he was on.

The building is six stories high, with six apartments on each floor.

The man was taken to Harlem Hospital with unknown injuries. 

Department of Buildings investigators deemed the building unsafe and issued an immediate vacate order. All residents inside left the building, according to the FDNY, but some were still gathered outside Thursday night, waiting for answers from the building's management.

"They told us to vacate, and there's still no answer from management," said Teresa Davis. 

Residents on the first and second floors were later allowed to re-enter. 

Davis said living conditions inside the building have long been dangerous, with construction equipment frequently left out on floors, and stairs in disrepair.

"This is unfair," she said. "People pay rent, people live here. People should be able to live comfortably." 

Abdoulaye Fall said "there's a lot of issues in this building," noting that it often shakes when Metro-North trains pass through the area.

"It's not safe to come back at all," he said. 

The building's owner was listed in Department of Buildings records as San Francisco Associates Limited. A phone number or contact information could not be located for the company. 

Police and neighbors identified the building's managers on the scene. They declined to comment. 

Red Cross was assisting the displaced residents. 

-- Andrew Siff contributed to this report. 

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