Firefighters: 1 dead in Philly building collapse

Associated Press
Rescue personnel work the scene of a building collapse in downtown Philadelphia, Wednesday, June 5, 2013.  A four-story building being demolished collapsed Wednesday on the edge of downtown, injuring 12 people and trapping two others, the fire commissioner said. Rescue crews were trying to extricate the two people who were trapped, and the dozen people who were injured were taken to hospitals with minor injuries, according to city Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — 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.

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