Amado Adames had just stepped into his bathroom in Hamilton Heights yesterday when the floor collapsed and fell through to the apartment below it. Adames, 58, was seriously hurt, according to officials.
The accident occurred just before 5:30 p.m. at 555 W. 151 St. Emergency personnel took Adames to St. Luke’s Hospital, fire and police officials said.
Herminio Adames, the victim’s father, was in the living room when his son fell through the floor. He heared Amado’s cries and called 911, he said.
Three apartments in the seven-story building sustained damage and were ordered vacated. The building won’t have running water until tomorrow.
“This building is pretty safe, they’re doing a lot of construction,” said Stefen Reed, 33, a tenant. A worker fell through the floor last Tuesday, said Reed, who saw that victim being taken from the building. He added that his own apartment has holes in it.
George Santana, representing New Holland Residences, owners of the building, was on the scene but declined to comment. The company recently acquired the building and is in the process of renovating.
A bystander showed reporters a cell phone image of a man with a severe wound to his torso, claiming it depicted Adames.
When officials left the scene at about 8:30 p.m., Adames’ apartment was locked and the apartment below his was boarded up.
Left on the stoop, a blank fire department pre-hospital care report was splattered with blood.