Updated 01/28/2012 05:04 PM
Officials Investigate Queens Elevator Accident
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Violations are being issued after debris fell onto an elevator in a Queens apartment building Friday night, but investigators are still trying to determine what caused the incident.
It's unclear how far the debris fell, but fire officials at the scene said it caused the elevator to collapse.
Damage could clearly be seen on the elevator's roof, and chunks of debris were scattered on the floor.
No one was in the elevator when the incident occurred at the Cadillac Building on 83rd Avenue in Kew Gardens, but residents were shaken.
The debris came crashing down nearly a week after one tenant, Shaun Broughton, got stuck inside the elevator for 45 minutes.
Broughton said the firefighters who rescued him warned him it could be dangerous.
"This is pretty scary because when the FDNY came to get me out on Saturday night, they told me not to move. From the time they arrived, about a half an hour, they told me to stay still because the elevator could crash at any time," said Broughton.
Broughton said after he got stuck, signs were posted warning residents not to use the elevator.
But he said they were gone by Monday and people were using it again.
A notice of violation was posted next to the elevator last night, citing a maintenance failure and saying it shouldn't be used.
A spokesperson for the Department of Buildings released a statement today saying "the department has ordered the elevator out of service and is in the process of issuing violations for the incident. The cause is still under investigation."