NORTH PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - Officials say a portion of a building adjacent to a construction site collapsed on two workers in North Philadelphia
The pair were members of a crew working in a construction hole at 1730 Ridge when the abandoned, brick building at 1728 fell in on them.
Ridge was quickly taped-off as police and fire crews flooded the neighborhood where new construction fills the block. Men—coated in red from the bricks—speaking Portuguese were in that hole.
City records show 1730 Ridge was permitted for new construction being done by the Tester Group. A company official on the phone refused to comment. According to the city,1728 was vacant with a pending permit for demolition.
"They had part of the building on them—so the building sort of slid into the excavation. They were pinned against the excavation by the building," Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel said.