Thursday, July 30, 2015

Partial collapse at Temple University construction site traps workers

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No injuries were immediately reported, according to a spokesman for the fire department, but live video of the scene from an NBC10 helicopter (pictured here) appeared to show someone on a stretcher attended to by firefighters at about 1:40 p.m.
No injuries were immediately reported, according to a spokesman for the fire department, but live video of the scene from an NBC10 helicopter (pictured here) appeared to show someone on a stretcher attended to by firefighters at about 1:40 p.m.

Workers on the fifth and sixth floors of the under-construction Temple University science building in North Philadelphia were temporarily stuck after a partial collapse on a lower floor of the site, the city fire department said.

No injuries were immediately reported, according to a spokesman for the fire department, but live video of the scene from an NBC10 helicopter appeared to show someone on a stretcher attended to by firefighters.

The live television footage later showed the person being taken from the scene in an ambulance.

The collapse of a portion of the fourth floor of the building, which is 200 feet by 400 feet, near North 11th Street and Polett Block occurred at 1:17 p.m., Executive Fire Chief Richard Davison said.

No cause for the collapse was immediately known. The scene was cleared by emergency officials shortly before 2:30 p.m.

Check back for more details as they become known.



Contact Brian X. McCrone at 215-854-2267 or bmccrone@philly.com. Follow @brianxmccrone on Twitter.

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