Gas workers sift through the ruins following the sudden collapse of a row house in South Philadelphia in 2005. A work crew had been excavating the adjacent lot when the building came down. Neighbors said the home had recently been sold but not been occupied for several months.
Philadelphia firefighters gather at the scene after the facade fell from two row homes in West Philadelphia. Nobody was injured.
But I drove by later that evening and found one of the residents spending the night in his car outside. There were lots of people in need living in this neighborhood at that time and he was afraid someone might climb into the very unstable house to try to take his belongings.