- Authorities in Philadelphia say that one person died after a four story building collapsed onto a thrift store in the center of the city this afternoon.
- Emergency services frantically used their bare hands to rescue 13 people from the rubble of the Salvation Army shop after it came down on the corner of 22nd and Market at 10.45 a.m – the cause is yet unknown.At least one person is still thought to be trapped under the debris in the Center City district of Philadelphia.
Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers said that the building which was connected to the Salvation Army store on the corner of 22nd and Market came down at 10.45 a.m. – the cause is yet unknown.
Ayers said the thirteen people have been taken to hospitals across the city.
‘We’re getting fresh personnel and staffing here to dig and we’ve had two dogs to come out and work the pile to locate others so we know exactly where to dig,’ Ayers said at a press conference.
Collapse: Emergency personnel respond to a building collapse in downtown Philadelphia, where the city fire commissioner says 13 people were pulled from the rubble and one person is still trappedMess: Rescue personnel work the scene of a building collapse in downtown Philadelphia, Wednesday, June 5, 2013Desperate: A four-story building being demolished collapsed Wednesday on the edge of downtown, injuring 13 people and trapping one otherRescue crews were trying to extricate the two people who were trapped, city Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers saidRescuers were using buckets and their bare hands to move bricks and rubble to search for survivorsEmergency personnel respond to a building collapse in downtown Philadelphia, where the city fire commissioner says 13 people were pulled from the rubble
Authorities have said they are not sure how many people were in the building when it came down.
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter called the building collapse a ‘delicate and sensitive situation.’
Overhead crews show a large amount of rubble on the ground, people being taken away on stretchers and police and emergency crews and search dogs sifting through the rubble.
After the initial rescues, crews were talking with two people who remained trapped in the debris and were working to remove them.
‘We have active movement in the walls,’ said Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers earlier in the day. One of the two people who were trapped were taken out of the rubble at around 1 p.m. on a stretcher in seemingly good spirits.
Police have refused to say whether the confirmed death is the second person they say was trapped.Early reports suggest that a controlled demolition at the construction site next to the thrift shop could have been the cause One witness, Dan Gillis, 31, of Cinnaminson, New Jersey, a construction worker on a job across the street, told Reuters he saw a crane remove a supporting beam from the front of the building, and then the wall next to the thrift store started swaying.
Another witness, Jeffrey Fehnel, 48, of Philadelphia, said about the same time a backhoe hit the rear side of the building.
‘The building came down. It was like a big blast,’ Fehnel told Reuters.Destroyed: A building has collapsed at 22nd and Market streets in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- This incident has an airy feel about it as only last month in Bangladesh‘s a building collapsed worst killing over 1,000 people many workers in the building