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Several Homes Collapse in Philadelphia after Explosions
At least eight people were hospitalized after several houses collapsed in Philadelphia Monday morning, apparently after an explosion, a fire deparment official reported.

A contractor was conducting rehabilitation work in a vacant House when it collapsed, Deputy Head of firefighters Robert Coyne told journalists. The two adjacent houses also collapsed, he said.

Witnesses told the media they heard an explosion and smelled gas after the explosion. Coyne said that the authorities were looking for what caused the collapse of houses, but it appeared that there was an explosion.

The entire block rumbled, sending nearby in the street.

"I was sitting in the House and I heard a big bang," says Mike McGraw KYW. "The door slammed shut and the TV came out."

His son, Mike McGraw Jr., said seeing buildings loops and watched firefighters spray a man who had been burned.

'' They threw the baby out the window because the girl was on fire and firefighters had to catch the baby", he said.

Coyne said one person was in critical condition and 25 people were evacuated from the Philadelphia District to the South.

Aerial images of the scene showed a large pile of rubble between two buildings.

Last month, a wall of four floors of a vacant building in Philadelphia collapsed on a Hi adjacent army rags, killing six people and wounding 13.

Authorities crane Sean Benschop, age 42, of involuntary manslaughter and other related costs.
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