September 1, 2011, North Philadelphia, Pa. - Two construction workers were trapped and injured when a row house collapsed on the morning of Friday, August 19, on Boston Street, Philly.com has reported.
Firefighters pulled both men from the rubble and they were transported to Temple University Hospital for treatment. Their injuries were not considered to be life-threatening, said William Dell, a spokesman with the Fire Department.
According to Maura Kennedy, a spokeswoman at the Department of Licenses & Inspections, an investigation is underway, but she stated that the men, ages 41 and 51, did not have a building permit. The owner of the row house has been ordered to hire a licensed contractor and engineer to evaluate and repair the structure.
This was the 3rd time this week that a building crumbled in Philadelphia. On August 16, a wall collapsed in a Frankford church where community groups gathered. Later that day, a portion of an apartment building collapsed in South Philadelphia. No injuries were reported in these incidents.
Heavy rains and the age of buildings have been attributed to the collapses. Philadelphia has set a record this month for rainfall. It has been verified that more than 12 inches have fallen so far.
Residents are advised to call 3-1-1 to report any potentially dangerous structures.
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