Philadelphia House Explosion, July 2013

July 29, 2013 by  

Philadelphia House Explosion, July 2013, A row house collapse Monday severely damaged neighboring houses and hurt eight people, including a baby and a critically injured contractor.

The collapse happened shortly after 11 a.m. at an unoccupied home being remodeled in the middle of a south Philadelphia street lined with connected two-story brick homes.

The contractor was working in the basement of the destroyed home, police said. Investigators were trying to figure out what happened, but neighbors reported hearing an explosion.

Bricks showered onto the small street and nearly covered a car parked out front. The houses on either side of the destroyed home were standing but badly damaged, with large sections of their masonry walls gone.

Rescue crews combed through the rubble for victims. They said early Monday afternoon that the search was complete and no one was unaccounted for.

Nearby gas service was turned off and the area evacuated. Residents with nowhere to go were taken to a nearby school, which was being used as a temporary shelter.

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