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Construction Worker Killed in Bronx Building Collapse

Posted on Oct 31, 2011

A construction worker was killed on Saturday when a building he was working in collapsed and buried him under six feet of rubble in the Bronx, the police said.

Muhamed Kebbeh, 51, of Story Avenue in the Bronx, died at Jacobi Medical Center shortly after the accident. About a dozen pillars in the basement of a two-story commercial building had given way, causing the structure to collapse. Two other construction workers escaped unharmed, a spokesman for the New York Police Department said.

Firefighters worked with their bare hands to try and dig Mr. Kebbeh out from under the rubble, said Jim Donlevy, an FDNY deputy chief from Division 6. "He was buried under six feet of bricks and other debris," Deputy Chief Donlevy said. "He was hurt pretty bad." The chief said that a construction crew was doing "active demolition" in the basement of the building at the time.

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