Man in car injured after Southwest Philadelphia building collapses

SOUTHWEST PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- A man is injured after a partial building collapse during a high wind warning Sunday morning in Southwest Philadelphia.

Philadelphia firefighters and police officers were called around 5 a.m. to the 5000 block of Warrington Street.

Officials say the front wall of an unused warehouse collapsed, pulling down power lines and sending bricks and mortar falling onto several vehicles.

A man, identified as a worker at a nearby auto shop, inside one of those vehicles was injured.

He was taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center where he was treated for minor injuries and released.

Officials say inspectors from L&I responded to the scene, and took "make safe" actions to prevent further harm to the public including cleaning up debris and securing the area.

Prior to the collapse, officials say there is no record of violations for the building.

A demolition of the building is expected to begin sometime next week.

"It is likely that the existing condition of the building, especially deterioration of the roof system, in combination with the severe weekend weather, led to the collapse" said L&I Commissioner David Perri. "L&I will make a final determination of the cause once the
Department has the opportunity to conduct a full review."
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