Building Collapse In Philly: 12 Injured In Center City Accident, Rescuers Still Looking For Trapped Victims

By Philip Ross on June 5, 2013 1:40 PM EDT

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A building collapse in Philly on Wednesday morning sparked a rescue mission that has resulted in 12 people being pulled from the rubble. Two more individuals remain trapped underneath the folded structure. (Photo: YouTube/Screenshot)

A building collapse in Philly Wednesday morning at 22nd and Market streets has injured at least 12 people and trapped more under the rubble. The fire department was dispatched to the site around 10:45 a.m. EST. Rescue workers combed the wreckage for entombed victims of the four-story building collapse in Philly's Center City, the central business district of Philadelphia.

According to ABC Local affiliate WPVI-TV, 12 people have been taken to local hospitals for treatment of minor injuries, and two people remain trapped. The building collapse toppled part of the thrift store and the attached converted homes. Debris from the folding building punctured surrounding structures, including a Salvation Army corner thrift store.

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The building, just on the edge of downtown and which once housed a first-floor sandwich shop, was being demolished to make room for an apartment house. After the building collapsed, rescuers moved debris using buckets and their bare hands, CBS News reports. One witness who saw the building collapse in Philly told CBS that the entire side of the building collapsed onto the adjacent structures.

"I was standing there looking out my window, watching the men at work on the building, and the next thing I know I heard something go kaboom," she said.

According to CNN, the building collapse in Philly is being treated as an accident. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has sent investigators to the site to see if they can determine the cause of the accident.

Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers told reporters that as of early Wednesday afternoon, two people are still trapped under the rubble. "We have located them and we're going to continue until we can get them out and we can get them to hospitals," he said.

City mayor Michael Nutter said the process is "delicate" and "dangerous."

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