User:ErinpUOW/6 dead and many injured in Philadelphia building collapse

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{{tasks|mos|re-review}} Thursday, June 6, 2013

Two buildings have collapsed in the US city of Philadelphia after a vacant building being demolished fell onto a thrift store early Wednesday, killing six people and trapping more than a dozen under rubble, officials said.

The collapse occurred around 10:45am when the four-story building fell onto the neighboring two-story thrift store which occurred at 22nd and Market streets in the heart of Philadelphia's City.

Search and rescue efforts continued into the night for more victims of the collapse. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said late Wednesday night the deceased were five women and a man, but did not release additional information.

"We still do not know how many people were inside the thrift store or possibly on the sidewalk" at the time of the collapse, Nutter said at a news conference.

Authorities have said that the cause of the collapse was still under investigation. A witness told Reuters the building collapse shook the ground and knocked a man off his feet on the sidewalk outside the thrift store.

Police described the collapse as an "industrial accident." The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been told it was an accident at a demolition site, and it has investigators on the way, spokeswoman Leni Fortson said.

There were no known violations at the site.