(PHILADELPHIA) — A building collapsed in Philadelphia’s Center City Wednesday morning, possibly trapping people, injuring 11 individuals and damaging nearby structures.
Rescue workers were searching through the rubble of the building for survivors, according to ABC News affiliate WPVI. Multiple people have already been pulled from the debris, including one woman whose rescue was captured by cameras.
At least five people have already been taken to nearby hospitals.
Philadelphia Fire Department Capt. Jeffrey Thompson told ABC News that crews were searching for people trapped in the debris.
“At 10:43 a.m. we dispatched companies to a report of a building collapse. Companies arriving on scene found a building that had totally collapsed. We are up to three alarms for manpower looking for victims in the debris. We have located several victims.”
The building was in the process of being demolished, according to WPVI.
The Philadelphia police department said an industrial accident may have been the cause of the collapse.
The building collapse brought down part of an attached building that housed a Salvation Army Thrift Store and damaged adjoining row houses, according to WPVI.
A 10-block stretch of Market Street, which runs through the city, was shut down for the rescue effort.
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