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8 injured after store shelves collapse in NYC

None of the injuries, which included broken bones, is considered life-threatening

The Associated Press

NEW YORK — The New York Fire Department says eight people were injured, seven seriously, when packed shelving units collapsed at a Bronx dollar store.

It happened 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.

He says none of the injuries, which included broken bones, is considered life-threatening. The injured were taken to Lincoln Hospital in stable condition.

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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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