What there is to know
- A three-story townhouse that contained Key Food Pizza and at least one apartment collapsed Wednesday morning.
- A neighbor shared a photo of a dust cloud moments after East York and Memphis streets collapsed.
- No injuries were reported.
A townhouse that housed a longtime pizzeria collapsed in a cloud of dust on a Philadelphia street corner Wednesday morning, sending debris down two streets.
The collapse occurred around 9:45 a.m. on East York and Memphis streets, a Philadelphia Fire Department spokesperson said. Neighbors and local businesses call the area Fishtown.
Neighbor “Devonte” told NBC10’s Miguel Martinez-Valle he was driving in York when he heard a rumble and saw a cloud of dust heading towards his car.
Firefighters arrived to find the three-story building “completely collapsed”, the fire department spokesman said.
As SkyForce10 hovered overhead, you could see bricks, dirt, and debris all over the ground with firefighters and police at the scene. Firefighters were seen sifting through the debris.
Pizza Food Key has been operating from the corner property for many years, owner Stefano said.
Philadelphia police and firefighters said the downstairs business was closed at the time of the collapse and there was an apartment above. No one was hurt.
“We are proud of Fishtown,” said the owner of the devastated building. He said his parents started the business. “I am very sad for my family.”
He said if the collapse had happened about 30 minutes later, a worker might have been inside making pizza before the business opened at 11 a.m.
The owner said there has been a lot of recent construction nearby.
At least six fire engines and city licenses and inspections responded to the scene, police said.
The location is right across from Tacos de Tina.
At approximately 11:30 a.m., a backhoe was brought in to remove some of the debris. Crews were also pushed back due to the smell of gas in the area.
The cause of the collapse remained under investigation.