Two squatters inside a four-story abandoned building in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn were injured when the structure collapsed Sunday, and passer-by Rudy Romaine, 71, was treated for a head injury after being struck by falling debris, authorities said.
Lt. Jim Powell, a fire spokesman, said squatters Ramon Williams, 42, and Angelo Carrillo, 41, told authorities it was possible a third man was inside the building when it collapsed, but rescue workers had sifted through two-thirds of the debris without finding anyone.
A dozen apartments in two buildings near the fallen structure were evacuated when a building adjacent to the collapsed one began tilting, Powell said.
Williams' right arm was injured, and Carrillo was struck on the head and leg by falling debris as he rested on the third floor, but both were released after X-rays showed only bruises, he said. Powell said two firefighters were treated at the scene and a third at Bellevue Hospital for back spasms.