Zee Media Bureau
Washington: The death toll from collapse of a four-storied building in US city of Philadelphia has shot up to 6, officials said Thursday.
The building that housed residential apartments and commercial spaces, collapsed around 10.30 am in the downtown area of Philadelphiam, injuring 12 people and trapping two others, the fire commissioner said. Rescue crews were trying to extricate the two people who were trapped, and the dozen people who were injured were taken to hospitals with minor injuries, according to city Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers.
Those dead included five women and one man, said Mayor Michael Nutter according to a BBC report.
Early reports had been that one woman had died in the Wednesday morning accident, but rescuers using buckets and their bare hands to move bricks and rubble kept working through the evening, removing body bags at night. Nutter said the city`s emergency workers had been "diligent, determined, focused" in their rescue efforts.
The collapse involved an empty building that once housed a first-floor sandwich shop and apartments above. The thrift shop was on one side. The other side was an adult bookstore and theater that had been taken down within the last few months.
Records show the collapsed building was sold in 1994 for $385,894. Marinakos, the architect, said plans tentatively called for the block to be redeveloped into retail stores and apartments.
With Agency Inputs