Wednesday, June 5, 2013

7th Update: Woman Pulled From Collapsed Philadelphia Building, Six Confirmed Dead

Building collapse in Philadelphia, 22 South 22nd Street
(WXRS-BG) Credit Mike Adams
June 5, 2013 - Updated 7:47 PM CDT - A vacant 4-story apartment building that was being demolished collapsed on 22nd and Market streets in downtown Philadelphia's Center City neighborhood. The structure partially fell onto adjacent structures, heavily damaging them.  

This story is developing.

Update, June 7, 3:00 AM CDT: The mayor's office identified those killed in the collapse as Anne Bryan, Roseline Conteh, Borbor Davis, Kimberly Finnegan, Juanita Harmin and Mary Simpson.

Update, June 5, 11:20 PM CDT: "About 40 minutes ago, a woman was found alive in the rubble," tweeted @PhillyInquirer, "She was found about 12 hours after the building collapsed. Firefighter who helped rescue her said: 'She was pretty well buried'." ABC News Philadelphia reports that rescuers pulled 61-year-old Myra Plekam of Kensington out of the wreckage. She was rushed to Hahnemann University Hospital in critical condition. "The dramatic rescue came some 13 hours after the massive building collapse..."

Update, 10:10 PM CDT: ‏@NewsBreaker tweeted: "6 people confirmed dead, 1 man, and five women after building collapsed in Philadelphia." CNN reports same.

Update, 9:05 PM CDT: NBC10 reports rescuers found three more bodies in the rubble tonight but have not yet revealed their identities. That brings the injured total, including those killed, to 17.

Rescue crews are carefully searching through tons of dusty rubble for at least two, possibly three, people believe trapped at the scene [See Updated Information Above]. Dogs are being used in the rescue effort. "Dozens of firefighters and emergency personnel are at the scene," reports Fox News. "A total of 12 people were hospitalized at nearby trauma centers with minor injuries and listed in stable condition." Fox also reports that the collapse "involved a Salvation Army corner thrift store and a four-story building next door with a sandwich shop on the first floor."

At 1:11 PM CDT, KIII TV reported Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers told reporters that two people are still trapped. "We have located them and we're going to continue until we can get them out and we can get them to hospitals," Ayers said.

KIII's report says that 12 people were rescued earlier and hospitalized with minor injuries. "Another woman walked away from the scene with no major injuries after being trapped for more than two hours," which brings the total of people freed from the rubble to 13.

Philadelphia Police are calling the collapse an "industrial accident." Investigators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are on their way to the scene. There were "no existing violations" at the building, a city building inspector said.