Six people were killed when a building that was being demolished collapsed, raining bricks on a neighbouring charity shop and injuring at least 13 others.
Early reports said one woman died in the yesterday’s accident in Philadelphia, but rescuers using buckets and their bare hands to move bricks and rubble kept working through the evening.
Body bags were removed from the collapse site at night and mayor Michael Nutter told a news conference today that authorities did not know how many people had been in the charity shop or on the pavement.
Mr Nutter said the city’s emergency workers had been “diligent, determined, focused” in their rescue efforts.
“If anyone else is in that building, they will find them,” he said.
One woman was pulled from the rubble of the Salvation Army shop two hours after the 10.45am collapse when rescuers heard her voice, city fire commissioner Lloyd Ayers said.
Rescuers had been prepared to dig through the rubble all night because they did n’t know how many people were in the shop when the building collapsed on it.
Survivors were taken to hospital with mostly minor injuries.
Officials from the Department of Labour and Occupational Safety and Health Administration were at the scene.
The collapse involved an empty building that once housed a first-floor sandwich shop and apartments above.
The charity shop was on one side and on the other side was an adult bookshop and theatre that had been taken down within the last few months.