- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Rescue crews have freed a man who was trapped following a floor collapse at a home in west Philadelphia.

Police said a man was reported trapped in the basement under some debris at the home when the collapse occurred at about 10:20 a.m. Tuesday.

WPVI-TV showed the victim being pulled out on a stretcher through a window in front of the home about an hour later. He was taken to an ambulance about a block away.

Initial reports indicated that construction work was being done on the home when the first floor collapsed, trapping a man in the basement.

A representative of the city Department of Licenses and Inspections said the building had been declared unsafe and a contractor was doing an assessment when the water-damaged floor gave way.

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