2006_02_stairs.jpgScary story: A 13 year old boy was walking down stairs at his grandmother's apartment building when they collapsed two stories! The Post reports that the boy, Aaron Renee, who had fractured ribs and a broken wrist (and he was hit by debris, too), was in stable condition. Neighbors think the stairs were just very old at 2041 Fifth Avenue, but this makes Gothamist wonder how often the Department of Buildings checks up on this stuff - or how often landlords are required to watch out for those things. Because two buildings in Chelsea were totally evacuated yesterday not only due to a fire but because the first floors collapsed into the basement! There have been many problems and complaints about the conditions of the building prior to the fires.