Emergency crews are at the scene of a downtown Philadelphia building that collapsed around 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday. Fire Commission Lloyd Ayers said rescuers are searching for 8 to 10 people who are believed to be trapped. At least five people have reportedly been taken to the hospital.
“The collapse involved a Salvation Army corner thrift store and a four-story building next door with a sandwich shop on the first floor,” according to the Associated Press. “It’s not clear whether any other adjacent buildings were damaged.”
The cause of the collapse has not yet been identified — though “early reports from Philadelphia Police indicate that it may be the results of an industrial accident as construction crews were working on nearby structures.” Officials said the building next door to the one that was collapsed was under demolition — and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said they will be launching an investigation.
Crews are using machinery to move heavy debris. Fire crews and paramedics are on the scene.
Fox News’ report on it below:
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