Patrick MoussignacJun 19, 2018, 12:36 pm

Cleanup begins at site of building collapse in Poughkeepsie

Woman was pulled from under the rubble after being trapped for nearly 5 hours

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POUGHKEEPSIE — Cleanup started on Academy Street following Monday’s powerful storm that caused one building to collapse on top of two other buildings next door. A woman was trapped under rubble and debris for close to five hours inside the business she owned.

Firefighters said that her lower legs were impacted by the debris. She was finally rescued around 8:30 Monday night and taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Her brother described her injuries to FiOS1 News.

"Her feet got crushed. She got a deep gash on her head… She was crying a little bit, but happy to be alive," said Rodareous Hargrove.

Rescuers reportedly say everyone has been accounted for. Three firefighters were also treated for heat exhaustion.

Just before 8 a.m. Tuesday, some residents who live on the street were allowed to return to their apartments, but for only 30 minutes to grab some of their possessions.

A local demolition crew is on stand-by waiting to see if they will take down the remaining portion of the collapsed building.

The National Weather Service says winds clocked as high as 60 miles-per-hour and heavy rain caused the seven-story vacant building to come down.

According to LoHud, the building has a history of structural issues. Plans to revitalize the building have been attempted over the years, but no work was ever done.

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