Philly Collapse Update

UPDATE: Rescuers ended their search on Thursday for survivors and victims of a city-center building collapse that left 6 people dead and 13 injured, including a 61-year-old woman who was pulled from the rubble 12 hours after the collapse, reports The New York Times (

By early afternoon, firefighters retreated from the rubble-strewn site of a Salvation Army thrift shop on South 22nd Street that was crushed by the wall of an adjacent building on Market Street that fell during demolition on Wednesday morning.

After searching the debris for more than 24 hours, rescue workers stood back to allow a giant backhoe to scoop up mounds of shattered wood, broken concrete and assorted clothing that had been for sale in the basement of the shop. The shop itself was then demolished.


By Ben Brumfield and Sarah Hoye

Philadelphia (PA) - Search-and-rescue workers have covered about 75 percent of the site of Wednesday's building collapse in Philadelphia. Searches of the the rest of the site continues.

Equipped with search cameras, microphones, and motion detectors and covered in blinding LED lights that illuminated the darkness, rescue workers combed through piles of bricks and rubble early Thursday, listening for the faint tapping of life buried in the ruins of a collapsed building.

A day earlier, the side of a building under demolition had given way and toppled onto a Salvation Army thrift store next door.

Throughout the day Wednesday, dispirited emergency responders had carried out six people in body bags. But they received a momentary jolt of joy when, shortly before midnight, they pulled out 61-year-old Myra Plekam alive. She was the 14th survivor.

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter told reporters late Wednesday night that authorities didn't know many people were in the store at the time of the accident.

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