Philadelphia firefighter killed in building collapse; 5 other people rescued

A Philadelphia firefighter died Saturday morning in a building collapse following a fire, a city fire official said.

Five other trapped people – four firefighters and a licensing and inspection worker – were rescued from the collapse, 1st Deputy Fire Commissioner Craig Murphy said.

[Original story, published at 7:39 a.m. ET]

A rescue operation is underway to rescue firefighters trapped when a building collapsed Saturday morning in North Philadelphia, the city’s fire department said in a statement. Tweeter.

“So far, several have been rescued and transported to hospitals,” read the tweet from the Philadelphia Fire Department, posted at 6:05 a.m. ET. The department was still working to save others, he added.

The collapse at 300 W. Indiana St. in the city’s Fairhill neighborhood occurred during a fire, the department said. Details about a fire, the collapse or what the building housed were not immediately available.

At the site, firefighters and others stood by or walked around a large pile – more than with their heads held high – of metal, wood and other debris, video from the affiliate showed. from CNN WPVI.

At least nine agencies were assisting with recovery efforts, including the Philadelphia police and the American Red Cross, firefighters added on Twitter.

This is a developing story and will be updated.


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