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Philadelphia row houses collapse

Likely gas explosion causes collapse of 3 south Philadelphia houses

July 29, 2013

At least eight injuries have been reported in South Philadelphia after a row house collapsed Monday morning, according to CNN. Included in the injured were a baby and a critically injured contractor.

The contractor was doing rehab work in a vacant home when it collapsed, Deputy Fire Chief Robert Coyne told reporters. The two adjacent houses are also collapsing, he said.

A row house exploded and collapsed, destroying at least three homes along Daly Street. From the air, debris of wood, brick and glass could be seen strewn in all directions.

The collapse happened shortly after 11 a.m. Monday at an unoccupied home being remodeled in the middle of the street lined with connected two-story brick homes. The contractor was working in the basement of the destroyed home, police said.

The area was evacuated and residents taken to a nearby school, which was being used as a temporary shelter. Gas service was turned off on the block.

Gas and electrical utility crews were on the scene trying to determine what caused the collapse, while rescue crews combed through the rubble for victims. They said early Monday afternoon that the search was complete and no one was unaccounted for.

Last month, a collapse at a downtown Philadelphia demolition site killed six people and injured 12 when a large wall fell on an adjacent thrift store. A machinery operator in charged with involuntary manslaughter and a grand jury is weighing whether anyone else should be charged.

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