Why Did A Midtown Manhattan Building Collapse? The West 38th Street Location Was Slated To Be A Hotel

The sun sets behind the midtown Manhattan skyline on September 11, 2015 in New York. AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
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According to New York City ABC affiliate WABC, something went very wrong on Friday morning — a building in midtown Manhattan collapsed, reportedly killing one person and injuring another, and leaving behind a very simple question: Why? Unfortunately, the cause isn't yet known, although it was reportedly an internal collapse, and the building was being put through the demolition process, sitting on the site of what's meant to be a new hotel. According to PIX11, the scene of the collapse is at 25 West 38th Street in Midtown, and the calamity turned out a big emergency crew presence in response — 60 or so firefighters, according to city officials.

The building reportedly suffered an internal collapse, and the two victims in the incident are believed to be construction workers. There have also been reports suggesting that the survivor was also seriously injured, although no further information about their condition has been made available at this time. Needless to say, having an eight-story building abruptly collapse in the thick of a thriving metropolitan city is a harrowing thought, and it seized a lot of people's attention — here's what the aftermath of this awful incident looked like.

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