Shelf Collapse Injures 8 At Dollar Store

NEW YORK (April 8, 2014) Eight people were injured, seven seriously, when packed shelving units collapsed at a Bronx dollar store, the New York Fire Department said.

The shelves collapsed at around 3:45 p.m. Monday at Discount Outlet in the Melrose neighborhood.

Fire officials say the collapsing shelves created a cascading effect, burying people under piles of merchandise.

Firefighters had to remove the goods by hand and cart them onto the sidewalk.

A fire department spokesman says there was no structural damage to the building.

None of the injuries, which included broken bones, was considered life-threatening, the spokesman said.

The injured were taken to Lincoln Hospital in stable condition.

More than 60 firefighters responded to the scene.

The fire department says the cause of the shelving collapse is under investigation.

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