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Home Collapse In NE Philly Prompts Evacuations

Fire department officials say a home has collapsed in northeast Philadelphia amid reports of an explosion, prompting evacuation of several nearby residences.

 

Fire in the Tacony section of Philadelphia
Fire in the Tacony section of Philadelphia (Philly Fire News via Twitter)

Authorities said the one-story building in the Tacony section collapsed at about 12:20 p.m. Saturday.

Officials said an explosion hadn’t yet been confirmed, and the reports may have stemmed from the sound of the structure collapsing.

Officials reported no one immediately transported to a hospital and no search under way for anyone inside.

Some news stations reported that two people sustained minor injuries.WCAU TV reports the explosion was caused by someone trying to steal pipes from the home to sell as scrap metal.

Residents on the block told The Philadelphia Inquirer that the home was vacant and up for sale

 

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