Firefighters say the home on Cooper Avenue was being raised onto concrete and wooden pilings when it shifted and tilted. It was determined raising the home was no longer safe when the home collapsed to the ground below.
One worker was injured and taken to the hospital with minor injuries. He is expected to be okay.
Neighbors comforted the husband and wife who owned the home. The homeowner said making sure his wife was staying in good spirits was the only thing on his mind.
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Neighbors described the frightening ordeal.
“We heard the boom when it shifted, it moved back and shifted and tilted,” neighbor Joe DiCocco said. “Within 10 minutes, the Bobcat came and tore it down.”
The home is now in a million pieces with only thick, concrete pilings remaining in a pile of rubble. Some neighbors say the house was already hit so hard with multiple floods and hurricanes, it didn’t seem to be safe to raise it at all.
“I knew it was going to happen,” neighbor Andrew Zembrzuski said.
“That house got hit three times with floods: In ’92, with Irene, with Sandy,” DiCocco added. “It was on the ground, then they decided to jack it up so the supports gave out after a time.”
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Neighbors supported the husband and wife who lost their home, giving them hugs and getting them coffee.
“Home is wherever your family is and all the people you love,” Calvin Colby said. “As long as you have some place where you can be with them, everything is going to be all right.”
It is still not known what caused the house to shift and eventually collapse.