Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Philly building collapse injures 12, traps two

A building collapsed in downtown Philadelphia on Wednesday and rescue workers pulled 12 people from the rubble and were trying to reach two others trapped beneath it, fire officials said.

A four-story building under demolition collapsed onto a neighboring two-story Salvation Army Thift Store at 2140 Market Street at 10:45 a.m., trapping people under mountains of crushed concrete and splintered wood, said Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers.

In addition to those rescued, "we located two others and are in the process of extricating both of those people," Ayers said.