Thursday, June 06, 2013

Update: 6 Dead, 14 Injured in Philly Collapse

Philadelphia firefighters search brick by brick for survivors and victims at collapse site.
REUTERS Philadelphia, PA (June 6, 2013) -- Engine and Truck Companies are rotated in as Philly firefighters pick through the heaps of concrete chunks, bricks and splintered wood at the collapse scene on Philadelphia's busy Market Street. As of Thursday morning the toll stood at 6 dead and 14 injured with still no estimate of the missing.

Mayor Michael Nutter suggested at a late night news conference on Wednesday that the number of casualties could rise.

"We still do not know how many people were inside the thrift store or possibly on the sidewalk" at the time of the collapse, Nutter said. "If someone else is in that building, they will find them."

Moments after the Mayor made those comments, a 61-year-old woman was pulled from the rubble alive, more than 12 hours after the collapse, and taken to a hospital in critical condition.

The collapse took place when a 4-story building, which was being demolished, collapsed onto the two-story Salvation Army Thrift Store, located next door.


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