1 Firefighter Dead, 5 Others Rescued After Philly Building Collapse

NBC10’s Skyforce 10 helicopter showed dozens of firefighters digging through the rubble and standing on the perimeter of the collapse as they searched for their colleagues

Efforts to free those trapped were underway, fire officials said.

One firefighter died and five other people had to be pulled from the rubble when a building collapsed in Philadelphia Saturday morning.

Rescue efforts lasted hours until Philadelphia Fire Department 1st Deputy Fire Commissioner Craig Murphy confirmed to the press shortly before 8 a.m. that the firefighter, a 27-year department veteran, died in the collapse on the 300 block of Indiana Avenue in the Fairhill neighborhood.

Four other firefighters and a Licensing and Inspections Department inspector had also been trapped, Murphy said. The five were transported to Temple University hospital.

The inspector was released and the other four firefighters were in stable condition at the hospital, Murphy said.

“It’s gonna be a rough few weeks coming up,” he said.

The building caught fire around 1:53 a.m., Murphy said. The fire was put out but the building collapsed at 3:24 a.m., he said.

NBC10’s Skyforce 10 helicopter showed dozens of firefighters digging through the rubble and standing on the perimeter of the collapse as they searched for their colleagues.

Some firefighters could be seen hugging as they anxiously watched the rescue unfolding.

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