PHILADELPHIA-Search and rescue efforts continue this morning atthe site of a building collapse here that has left six people deadand 14 injured.

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter toldreporters Thursday morning that search and rescue workers hadcombed approximately 75% of the site of yesterday's collapse of twobuildings at 21st and Market streets in Center City.

Nearing midnight on Wednesday evening, rescuers were able topull out 61-year-old Myra Plekam from the debris,more than 13 hours after the collapse. Plekam was awake and talkingto rescuers, before she was taken to a hospital in criticalcondition, said Deputy Fire Chief Robert Coyne tothe Philadelphia Inquirer. The bodies of all six victims wererecovered in a Salvation Army thrift storeadjacent to the building collapse. The thrift store was filled withshoppers Wednesday morning, unaware that an excavation crewknocking down walls at a gutted building next door was about toyank a beam with heavy machinery, causing the building to collapseon to the store.

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John Jordan

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