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Inspector In Philly Collapse Commits Suicide

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Firefighters say one person has been killed in a building collapse in downtown Philadelphia. Firefighters say one person has been killed in a building collapse in downtown Philadelphia.
Fire officials say 13 other people were injured in the accident. Fire officials say 13 other people were injured in the accident.
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Inspector In Philly Collapse Commits Suicide

Updated: June 13, 2013 at 8:30 a.m.

An official says an inspector who surveyed a Philadelphia building before it collapsed last week, killing six people, has committed suicide.         

Deputy Mayor Everett Gillison says the inspector was found fatally shot in a pickup truck Wednesday night. The man was a Department of Licenses and Inspections employee who had inspected the building May 14.         

Officials were informing department staff Thursday morning and the man's name wasn't immediately being released.         

City officials are planning a 9:30 a.m. news conference Thursday.         

The building was being demolished when it collapsed onto a neighboring Salvation Army Thrift Store on June 5, killing two employees and four customers. Police allege a heavy equipment operator was high on marijuana when it happened.         

The city's top prosecutor is convening a grand jury to look into the collapse.

6 dead, 14 injured in Pa. building collapse

Updated: June 6, 2013 at 5:00 a.m.

For weeks, people working nearby watched with growing concern as a demolition crew took down a vacant four-story building next to a thrift store at the edge of downtown Philadelphia. Some worried that it would simply fall down.

On Wednesday, the unstable shell of a building collapsed into a massive heap of bricks and splintered wood, taking part of the Salvation Army thrift store with it and killing six people. Fourteen others were injured.

Rescuers using buckets and their bare hands to move bricks and rubble worked deep into Thursday morning in a search for survivors and victims.

It was unclear what role the demolition work might have played in the collapse, but the accident raised questions about how closely the highly visible spot on Market Street was being monitored.

 

Two Body Bags Removed From Collapse Site

Updated: June 5, 2013  at 9:41 pm

Two body bags have been removed from the rubble of a building that collapsed in Philadelphia.

Mayor Michael Nutter has reported only one death in the Wednesday morning accident. But rescue crews continued to dig through the rubble.

Video footage taken at the scene Wednesday night showed authorities removing two body bags and loading them into ambulances.

Fire officials say 13 people were injured in the accident.

The four-story building collapsed Wednesday morning.

Witnesses said they had been casting a wary eye on the demolition site and questioned how the workers were tackling the job. They say they heard a loud rumbling sound immediately before the collapse.

 The building once housed a first-floor sandwich shop and apartments above. Its collapse sent debris onto a Salvation Army corner thrift store next door. The two properties are adjacent to an adult bookstore and theater that had been taken down earlier.

Firefighters: 1 Dead In Philly Building Collapse
Updated: June 5, 2013 at 6:28 p.m.

Firefighters say one person has been killed in a building collapse in downtown Philadelphia.

Fire officials say 13 other people were injured in the accident.

The four-story building collapsed Wednesday morning. Several witnesses said they had been casting a wary eye on the demolition site and questioned how the workers were tackling the job.

Witnesses say they heard a loud rumbling sound immediately before the collapse.

The building once housed a first-floor sandwich shop and apartments above. Its collapse sent debris onto a Salvation Army corner thrift store next door. The two properties are adjacent to an adult bookstore and theater that had been taken down earlier.

Pa. Building Collapses, At Least 13 Injured
Updated: June 5, 2013 at 6:05 p.m.

Authorities say 14 people were taken from a building collapse in central Philadelphia and 13 were taken to hospitals with mostly minor injuries.

Officials have declined to comment on the status of the 14th person.

Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers and Mayor Michael Nutter said Wednesday the rescue effort would continue with the aid of two search and rescue dogs until officials were assured no other victims remained.

Ayers says rescuers pulled a woman trapped amid the rubble of a Salvation Army thrift store after they heard her voice after the 10:45 a.m. collapse on the edge of the downtown area.

Rescuers used buckets and their bare hands to move bricks and rubble.

Witnesses describe rumbling sound as building collapsed
Updated: June 5, 2013 at 5:21 p.m.

Witnesses say they heard a loud rumbling sound immediately before today's collapse of a four-story building that was being demolished in Philadelphia.

The city's fire commissioner says the collapse injured 13 people and trapped one other person.

One woman who was on the fifth floor of an apartment building across the street says she was looking out her window, watching the work on the building, and "heard something go kaboom." Veronica Haynes says she saw 'the whole side of the wall fall down" onto a neighboring building.

Two men who'd been working on a roof of a nearby building heard what sounded like two loud bangs or explosions. They immediately ran down the scaffolding and helped pull out two women and a man.

One of them says he "knew it was going to happen" because of the methods being used to tear down the building. Patrick Glynn says, "For weeks they've been standing on the edge knocking bricks off." He says, "You could just see it was ready to go at any time."

Pa. Building Collapses; 13 Injured, 1 Trapped
Updated: June 5, 2013 at 4:03 p.m.

Thirteen people are injured and at least one is still trapped in the rubble after a building collapse on the edge of downtown Philadelphia.

A four-story building being demolished collapsed on Wednesday, raining bricks down on a thrift store where people were shopping inside.

Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers said rescue crews are trying to extricate the one person who remains trapped inside the shop, which was crushed by falling debris. When asked about the person's condition, he declined to comment.

The 13 people who were injured were taken to hospitals. Officials say nearly all had only minor injuries.

The collapse involved a building that once housed a first-floor sandwich shop and apartments above. Much of the debris from the building landed on a Salvation Army thrift store next door.

Official: 12 Hurt, 2 Still Trapped In Pa. Collapse
Updated: June 5, 2013 at 12:45 p.m.

Philadelphia's fire commissioner says 12 people have minor injuries after a building collapse on the edge of downtown.

Watch live coverage from the CBS affiliate in Philadelphia.

Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers said Wednesday that officials are working to extricate two other people from the rubble.

Mayor Michael Nutter says a four-story property collapsed onto a Salvation Army store.

Pa. Building Collapses, People Believed Trapped
Posted: June 5, 2013 at 11:41 a.m.

Emergency crews are at the scene of a building collapse in Philadelphia, and the fire commissioner says as many as eight to 10 people were believed trapped in the rubble.

Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers says dozens of paramedics and fire crews are on the scene working to find those trapped. WPVI-TV reports that at least five people have been taken to hospitals.

The collapse involved a Salvation Army corner thrift store and a four-story building next door with a sandwich shop on the first floor. It's not clear whether any other adjacent buildings were damaged.

There is no word on exactly what caused the collapse.

The accident happened at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday on the western edge of downtown, between the city's business district and its main train station. A building on the block has been under construction.

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