Philadelphia firefighter killed in building collapse; 5 more were rescued

A Philadelphia firefighter was killed Saturday morning when a building collapsed following a fire, a city fire official said.

The 1st Deputy Fire Commissioner Craig Murphy said five more trapped people – four firefighters and a licensed and inspection crew – had been rescued from the crash.

[Original story, published at 7:39 a.m. ET]

The city fire department said it was working to rescue firefighters trapped in a building collapse Saturday morning in northern Philadelphia. Tweet.

“So far, many have been rescued and taken to hospitals,” the Philadelphia Fire Department tweeted at 6:05 am ET. It said departments were still working to rescue others.

The 300 W. Indiana St. area around Fairhill in the city collapsed during a firefight, the department said. Details of the fire, collapse or what the building was like were not immediately available.

At the site, firefighters and others stood or walked around a large pile – overhead – of metal, wood and other debris, according to a video by CNN subsidiary WPVI.

At least nine agencies, including the Philadelphia Police and the American Red Cross, are assisting with rescue efforts. Added On Twitter.

It is a growing story and will be updated.

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