PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Several people are now homeless after two homes collapsed in West Philadelphia on Monday.
Around 11:45 a.m., crews were notified about the collapse of two adjacent properties at 60th and Spruce Streets in the Cobbs Creek section of the city.
Both properties, 6015 and 6017, were reported to be occupied.
Around noon, Chopper 3 HD was over the scene, where it appeared two row homes had collapsed in towards each other.
In addition to the two collapsed homes, at least four other homes sustained some kind of damage.
Dan Chapman comments, “That’s my childhood. I grew up there.”
Luckily, there were no reports of any injuries. Several dogs were reported to have been missing by one resident, but they were later found safe.
Preliminary reports indicate a collapse in the party wall between 6015 and 6017 Spruce Streets. Commissioner Williams, of Licenses and Inspections, says there is no previous history of violations or complaints for either property.
Jannie Blackwood of City Council says, “It just seems so shocking because this is such a stable block.”
L&I officials say the two row homes are imminently dangerous and will need to be knocked down.
The homeowner, Chris Chapman, says there was some cracks and bending in the doorway before her home came down.
The American Red Cross is helping two families (four people) affected by the collapse. One family of three people will stay at the Red Cross House.
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