Partial building collapse briefly traps construction workers
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Officials in Philadelphia say a portion of a building adjacent to a construction site collapsed on two workers, trapping them for almost 30 minutes before they were rescued.
A spokeswoman for the city Department of Licenses and Inspections says workers had demolished a building and were working below grade on the site when a portion of the building next door collapsed Friday around 11:30 a.m.
Karen Guss says there is a demolition permit for the building that collapsed but work had not begun yet.
The workers were pulled from the rubble just before noon.
Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel tells WCAU-TV he’s “optimistic” that the workers will recover as both were conscious when they were taken away in ambulances.
Guss says the investigation at the scene is ongoing.