UPDATE: Building Collapses in Philadelphia

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

UPDATE: 6/6/13 7:16 AM CDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The search-and-rescue operation at a deadly building collapse in Philadelphia has been halted for the moment.

After working through the night, firefighters and rescue workers remain at the scene Thursday morning but are not actively combing through debris.

Authorities have not officially ended the search, but the sense of urgency has subsided since the last victim, a 61-year-old woman, was rescued from the rubble nearly 13 hours after the collapse.

A building under demolition crashed onto a neighboring thrift store late Wednesday morning, killing six people. Fourteen-people were injured, including the 61-year-old woman, who is hospitalized in critical condition.


UPDATE: 6/5/13 10:12 PM CDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Philadelphia's mayor says the collapse of a downtown building that was being demolished has killed six people.

Mayor Michael Nutter discussed the accident and the search and rescue attempts Wednesday night.

Fire officials earlier had reported one woman was killed and 13 people were injured in the accident. But body bags were removed from the rubble hours later.

The four-story building collapsed Wednesday morning.

Several witnesses said they had been casting a wary eye on the demolition site and questioned how the workers were tackling the job. They say they heard a loud rumbling sound immediately before the collapse.

The building once housed a first-floor sandwich shop and apartments above. Its collapse sent debris onto a Salvation Army corner thrift store next door. The two properties are adjacent to an adult bookstore and theater that had been taken down earlier.


UPDATE: 6/5/13 7:54 PM CDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Two body bags have been removed from the rubble of a building that collapsed in Philadelphia.

Mayor Michael Nutter has reported only one death in the Wednesday morning accident. But rescue crews continued to dig through the rubble.

Video footage taken at the scene Wednesday night showed authorities removing two body bags and loading them into ambulances.

Fire officials say 13 people were injured in the accident.

The four-story building collapsed Wednesday morning.

Witnesses said they had been casting a wary eye on the demolition site and questioned how the workers were tackling the job. They say they heard a loud rumbling sound immediately before the collapse.

The building once housed a first-floor sandwich shop and apartments above. Its collapse sent debris onto a Salvation Army corner thrift store next door. The two properties are adjacent to an adult bookstore and theater that had been taken down earlier.


UPDATE: 6/5/13 5:07 PM CDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Firefighters say one person has been killed in a building collapse in downtown Philadelphia.

Fire officials say 13 other people were injured in the accident.

The four-story building collapsed Wednesday morning. Several witnesses said they had been casting a wary eye on the demolition site and questioned how the workers were tackling the job.

Witnesses say they heard a loud rumbling sound immediately before the collapse.

The building once housed a first-floor sandwich shop and apartments above. Its collapse sent debris onto a Salvation Army corner thrift store next door. The two properties are adjacent to an adult bookstore and theater that had been taken down earlier.


UPDATE: 6/5/13 5:01 PM CDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Authorities say 14 people were taken from a building collapse in central Philadelphia and 13 were taken to hospitals with mostly minor injuries.

Officials have declined to comment on the status of the 14th person.

Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers and Mayor Michael Nutter said Wednesday the rescue effort would continue with the aid of two search and rescue dogs until officials were assured no other victims remained.

Ayers says rescuers pulled a woman trapped amid the rubble of a Salvation Army thrift store after they heard her voice after the 10:45 a.m. collapse on the edge of the downtown area.

Rescuers used buckets and their bare hands to move bricks and rubble.


UPDATE: 6/5/13 2:08 PM CDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Witnesses say they heard a loud rumbling sound immediately before today's collapse of a four-story building that was being demolished in Philadelphia.

The city's fire commissioner says the collapse injured 13 people and trapped one other person.

One woman who was on the fifth floor of an apartment building across the street says she was looking out her window, watching the work on the building, and "heard something go kaboom." Veronica Haynes says she saw `the whole side of the wall fall down" onto a neighboring building.

Two men who'd been working on a roof of a nearby building heard what sounded like two loud bangs or explosions. They immediately ran down the scaffolding and helped pull out two women and a man.

One of them says he "knew it was going to happen" because of the methods being used to tear down the building. Patrick Glynn says, "For weeks they've been standing on the edge knocking bricks off." He says, "You could just see it was ready to go at any time."


UPDATE: 6/5/13 1:39 PM CDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Thirteen people are injured and at least one is still trapped in the rubble after a building collapse on the edge of downtown Philadelphia.

A four-story building being demolished collapsed on Wednesday, raining bricks down on a thrift store where people were shopping inside.

Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers said rescue crews are trying to extricate the one person who remains trapped inside the shop, which was crushed by falling debris. When asked about the person's condition, he declined to comment.

The 13 people who were injured were taken to hospitals. Officials say nearly all had only minor injuries.

The collapse involved a building that once housed a first-floor sandwich shop and apartments above. Much of the debris from the building landed on a Salvation Army thrift store next door.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia's fire commissioner says 12 people have minor injuries after a building collapse on the edge of downtown.

Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers said Wednesday that officials are working to extricate two other people from the rubble.

Mayor Michael Nutter says a four-story property collapsed onto a Salvation Army store.


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