Building collapses with multiple trapped as crews scramble to clear debris

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An entire building has collapsed in Philadelphia with reports multiple people are trapped.

According to 6ABC news, at least two people have been injured in the incident.

Fire crews and police rushed to the scene and a large cordon has been put in place.

A 69-year-old man and a 68-year-old woman were rushed to hospital for their injuries, with their condition not yet known.

The two-storey building collapsed at around 10pm local time on 2200 block of North Front Street.

It's unclear if anyone else was injured in the incident, earlier reports claim multiple people could be trapped underneath the rubble.

Authorities are investigating what caused the building to collapse beneath itself.

Photos from the scene show debris scattered on the road and the walls and roof of the structure condensed to rubble on the ground.

Fire engines and other emergency services are at the scene, with members of the public standing by watching the devastation.

The far back wall of the site is still standing with windows and brickwork visible, as well as a door at the front of the building.

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However, multiple floors can be seen shattered on the ground, with cement and bricks laying on amid the collapsed materials.

It's believed 911 callers told emergency services several people were trapped inside.

It's not the first building collapse in the state, with a previous incident in June 2013 killing six and injuring more than a dozen others.

Contractor Griffin Campbell was convicted of six counts of involuntary manslaughter which saw the collapse of a masonry wall that toppled onto a Salvation Army thrift store.

He was handed a 15 to 30-year prison term and recently failed to convince a state appeals court that he didn't receive a fair trial.

Prosecutors claim Campbell was responsible for the deaths and injuries as he was in charge of the demolition of the building next door.

Investigators claim the contractor removed supporting beams in violation of proper practices so he could resell the material.

He was later convicted by a jury following a trial in 2015.

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