Six Killed in Philadelphia Building Collapse

Six Killed in Philadelphia Building Collapse

OSHA is investigating cause of the accident, which occurred during demolition.

June 6, 2013
CDR Staff

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the cause of a building collapse in Philadelphia which has killed six people and injured 14, according to several news sources. The collapse involved an empty four-story building being demolished that once housed a first-floor sandwich shop and apartments above located at 22nd and Market Sts. in Center City, Philadelphia.

A small Salvation Army Thrift Store stood right next door. According to reports, as many as 125 firefighters and rescue workers searched through the night for survivors. According to CBS news, the empty building caved at about 10:45 a.m. June 5 during a botched demolition tearing down the interior of the thrift store.

The search for people in the rubble continues, but all reported missing have been accounted for. Authorities says they did not know how many people were in the building when it collapsed.

According to reports, the building had no existing violations and the demolition company, Campbell Construction, had proper permits. Campbell's owner, Griffin T. Campbell, reportedly has a criminal record stemming from a car insurance scheme and pleaded guilty in 2009 to filing a false insurance claim in 2005. Campbell filed for bankruptcy in March.