BAYONNE, NJ – A section of a free-standing masonry wall at a construction site at 14th Street and Broadway collapsed early on Sunday, April 3, apparently from high winds, a fire official said.
The Bayonne Fire Department responded to the call at 8:42 a.m. on the 300 block of Broadway, at the site of a five-story, 38-unit residential complex being built by Skye Development LLC, Fire Chief Keith Weaver said.
Firefighters found that the western portion of a south side wall had collapsed, with the majority of its bricks and mortar falling onto its unoccupied side, according to Weaver. A small amount of debris fell onto the adjacent building at 300 Broadway, an adult day care facility that was unoccupied at the time. There was minimal damage to that structure.
A “collapse zone” was immediately set up around the site, Weaver said.
“Three surrounding residences were evacuated due to the potential instability of one of the remaining sections of the five-story wall,” he said. “Half of the wall on the western side collapsed.”
There were no reported injuries.
Twenty-three individuals were relocated to homes of friends and relatives. One was to stay in a nearby hotel.
Weaver said the collapse zone would remain in place until Monday, April 4, when the remaining section of the wall could be evaluated.
Representatives of Skye Development and the Bayonne Police and Building departments also responded to the scene.
The Hudson County Office of Emergency Management had issued a high-wind alert from Saturday night into Sunday morning. Predictions were for winds that were 25 to 35 miles per hour with gusts possibly as high as 60 mph.