UPDATE: Building Collapse In Philadelphia Center City, 6 Dead, 13 Rescued, Nine Taken To Hospital

on June 05 2013 12:36 PM

Update 12:09 a.m.: The death toll in the Philadelphia building collapse is now up to six, various news reports said.

Update 3:20 p.m.: Two people have been killed, philly.com reported, with 13 injured, when the four-story building apparently fell onto another store.

Update, 1:40 p.m.:

 

Update, 1:20 p.m.: NBC reports one person was pulled from the rubble alive. No major injuries or deaths have been reported.

Update, 12:50 p.m.: There are 12 minor injuries and two people still trapped. No one is considered dead yet. City officials say the building had all the appropriate permits for demolition and no violations were known, NBC Philadelphia reports.

Update, 12:20 p.m.: NBC10 Philadelphia reports 11 people have been rescued from the rubble, with possibly two people still inside, trapped in the basement. The Septa public transportation has been rerouted from Center City. Nine people have been taken to area hospitals.

Original post: Between eight and 10 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 streets, near the center of Philadelphia. AP reports construction had been happening on the same block. Philly.com also reports “several ambulances have driven away from the scene, sirens blaring.”

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.

Photo by Flickr user Luidude, hours before the building collapsed

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