Two construction workers were injured when a ceiling collapsed on them at a landmarked building on the Upper West Side on Monday morning, fire officials said. The incident occurred in the basement of 555 West End Avenue, formerly St. Agnes Boys High School.
The workers were not immediately identified. The extent of their injuries was not known.
The building was scheduled for an interior demolition that morning. The Department of Buildings issued a partial stop-work order at around 11 a.m. after the incident, however, construction crews were still seen working on other areas of the building that were unaffected by the collapse.
The vacant building was sold last year to luxury developer Cary Tamarkin. The building will be turned into a condominium building with plans to add a 10-foot penthouse to the building, according to sources. The Landmarks Preservation Commission approved the plan.
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