PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Philadelphia's mayor says the collapse of a downtown building that was being demolished has killed six people.
Mayor Michael Nutter discussed the accident and the search and rescue attempts Wednesday night.
Fire officials earlier had reported one woman was killed and 13 people were injured in the accident. But body bags were removed from the rubble hours later.
The four-story building collapsed Wednesday morning.
Several witnesses said they had been casting a wary eye on the demolition site and questioned how the workers were tackling the job. They say they heard a loud rumbling sound immediately before the collapse.
The building once housed a first-floor sandwich shop and apartments above. Its collapse sent debris onto a Salvation Army corner thrift store next door. The two properties are adjacent to an adult bookstore and theater that had been taken down earlier.
UPDATE (WKOW)--- One person is dead and 13 others injured after a building collapse in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia officials say it is still an active scene as they continue to search for any people that may be trapped.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Thirteen people are injured and at least one is still trapped in the rubble after a building collapse on the edge of downtown Philadelphia.
A four-story building being demolished collapsed on Wednesday, raining bricks down on a thrift store where people were shopping inside.
Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers said rescue crews are trying to extricate the one person who remains trapped inside the shop, which was crushed by falling debris. The 13 people who were injured were taken to hospitals, nearly all of them with minor injuries.
The collapse involved a building that once housed a first-floor sandwich shop and apartments above. Much of the debris from the building landed on a Salvation Army thrift store next door. The two are adjacent to an adult bookstore and theater that had been taken down earlier.
UPDATE (WKOW) --- At least 12 people have been transported with minor injuries after a building collapse in Philadelphia.
Crews are still actively searching the debris, as one of the buildings was a Salvation Army store and it is unknown how many people were in the buildings at the time.
Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers said officials are working to extricate two other people from the rubble.
The collapse happened just before 11 a.m. today in downtown Philadelphia.
Officials said at a press conference Wednesday that the building did have permits issued as it was currently under demolition by a construction company.
We will continue to update this story on WKOW.com.
UPDATE (WKOW) --- At least five people have been taken to the hospital after a building collapse in Philadelphia.
The building collapse brought down an attached Salvation Army Thrift Store and row houses adjoining.
ABC says an industrial accident may have been the cause of the building collapse.
We will continue to bring you updates here on WKOW.com
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Emergency crews are at the scene of a building collapse in Philadelphia, and the fire commissioner says as many as eight to 10 people are believed trapped in the rubble.
Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers says search and rescue teams are on the scene working to find those trapped.
There is no word on exactly what caused the building to collapse.
The accident happened at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday. A building on the block has been under construction.