Between eight and ten people are believed to be trapped in rubble following a building collapse, possibly as the result of an industrial accident, AP and Philly.com report. Emergency crews are on the scene and have blocked off surrounding roads, local media outlets report.
The building collapsed in Center City at 22nd and Market Street, near the center of Philadelphia. AP reports that construction had been happening on the same block. Philly.com also reported that “several ambulances have driven away from the scene, sirens blaring.” Local CNN affiliate WPVI reported nine people were injured.
The building collapsed around 10:45 this morning, and brought down part of a next-door thrift store. Most of the buildings on the block appear to be row homes, WPVI said. There are no deaths reported yet.
Photo of the building just hours before it collapsed, taken by Flickr user Luidude.
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