Woman Pulled from Rubble 12 Hours after Building Collapse

Early Thursday morning, crews rescued a 61-year old woman from piles of rubble, more than 12 hours after a building collapsed in Philadelphia.

She is the 14th person saved from the wreckage, and is in the hospital in critical condition. Crews worked through the night looking for survivors. Police say at least six others were killed.

The building was being torn down, when it suddenly collapsed Wednesday afternoon, onto the thrift shop next door. Several customers were trapped inside, but officials do not know exactly how many people were in the shop at the time of the collapse.

Crews conducted a "hands only" rescue operation, using buckets, and search dogs.

Witnesses who were passing by the building when it collapsed were among the first responders.

"We went over we said can you hear us, say something and we tried to find the people," said eyewitness Jordan McLaughlin. "I personally rescued two."

Police described the collapse as an "industrial accident." City officials say there were no existing violations on the structure and the company had all of the proper permits for demolition.


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