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SS Special Coverage: Philadelphia Bldg. Collapse, Fatal

News / June 6, 2013

I’m praying for all those affected by the recent tragedy here in Philly.

Photo credit: NY Daily News

Photo credit: NY Daily News

On June 5th, around 10:43 a.m. reports came into Philadelphia authorities detailing the collapse of a four-story building wall, which was under construction, onto a neighboring two-story building that housed a Salvation Army donation site and thrift store. According to reports, responders were on the scene at 22nd and Market streets within two minutes of the emergency calls. It was unclear how many individuals were inside of the two-story building which caused responders and emergency personnel to dig through the debris, cautiously and meticulously, by hand in search of victims as opposed to using machinery. 

Photo credit: CNN

Photo credit: CNN

Over the next 12 hours, 6 individuals (one man, five women) were declared deceased and 14 rescued–the last and most recent, 61-year-old, Myra Plekam, was discovered shortly before midnight. 

Photo credit: CNN

Photo credit: CNN

The fatal collapse has raised some concern about the safety measures used on the site by the demolition crew.

According to Mayor Michael Nutter there have been, “no violations, no complaints that we’re aware of, and all permits were valid.”

At this time, 75% of the site has been reportedly searched and secured.

This story is developing as the site is still declared an active search and rescue zone.

– Sincerely Syreeta


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