Death Toll Rises to 6 in Philly Building Collapse, 14 Injured

Philly Building Collapse

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According to NBC Philadelphia, the death toll in the Philadelphia building collapse has risen to six.

Latest updates report that one man and five women died Wednesday morning when a four-story building came down on a two-story building at 2140 Market Street in Philadelphia. Initial reports indicated that one woman was found dead and 13 more were pulled from the rubble during the day, but as rescue workers worked through the night to sift through the debris, five more bodies were found. Authorities have yet to reveal their identities.

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Mayor Nutter said that the first woman that was found dead was 35 years old and that her family did not want to reveal more information publicly. Sources close to the scene say that she worked at the Salvation Army Thrift Store housed in the two-story building and that Wednesday was her first day on the job.

“I ask all Philadelphians and all who care to keep that Philadelphia woman and her family in your prayers,” Nutter said.

Nutter confirmed the additional five deaths Wednesday night.

Rescue teams have set up to to continue search throughout the night and into Thursday.

“This is still an active search and rescue scene,” he said.

Philadelphia Police said that the building collapse may have been the result of an industrial accident, as the building next door was under demolition. OSHA plans on pursuing an investigation.

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