Home Explosion in South Philadelphia

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A house collapsed in south Philadelphia this morning.  Neighbors are describing it as an explosion.  At least two people have been transported to the hospital.

Laura McColgan lives around the corner from where the house came down.

“I was upstairs brushing my teeth. I heard a very loud noise. Not being sure what it was, I came downstairs and went out my back door,” McColgan said. “I went outside and saw everyone running around the corner. I saw the building down, saw the smoke and smelled the horrible smell of gas as well.”

The street has been closed, and nearby homes are being evacuated for precautionary reasons.

“Police with bullet-proof vests on are walking up and down the street to make sure everyone is okay,” McGolgan said. “I’m still shaking.”

Alfred James reporting
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