Up to 10 trapped after four-story building collapses in Philadelphia

By Stephen C. Webster
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 11:23 EDT
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A collapsed building in downtown Philadelphia. Photo: Screenshot via NBC Philadelphia.
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Several people were trapped in the rubble of a four-story building that collapsed Wednesday morning in Philadelphia, rescue officials told local media.

The structure, located centrally near 22nd and Market Street, was next-door to a building that crews were demolishing. It’s not immediately clear what caused the collapse.

Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers told ABC News that between eight and 10 people are believed trapped under the structure.

Update, 2:36 p.m. EST: WCAU-TV reported that 13 people have been rescued from the building. Authorities said at least one may still be trapped under the rubble.

Watch a CNN interview with a witness, aired Wednesday, below.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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