Six victims, 13 survivors in building collapse identified
All six victims and 13 survivors of Thursday’s building collapse at 22nd and Market streets have been identified and released by city officials.
Friends and family members on the scene laid flowers in front of a small memorial for Salvation Army employee Kimberly Finnegan, 35, of Bucks County. It was reportedly the woman’s first day of work.
Salvation Army volunteer Borbor Davis, 68, of Darby, also perished in the collapse.
Two separate emails sent earlier in the day by William Penn Charter High School and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts identifying a third victim as Anne Bryan.
The other victims are Juanita Harmin, Mary Simpson and Roseline Conteh.
Those injured in the collapse are: Susan Randall, Betty Brown, Shirley Ball, Linda Bell, Jennifer Reynolds, Nadine White, Margarita Agosta, Richard Stasiorowski, Rosemary Kreutzberg, Rodney Geddis, Felicia Hill, Daniel Johnson and Myra Plekan.
Bryan was shopping in the Salvation Army at the time of the collapse, according to the statements.
“Anne started as a full-time student in our certificate program in fall 2012,” PAFA CEO David Brigham wrote. “She began her journey with us in our High School Summer Academy in 2006, and enrolled in continuing rducation classes as well.
Bryan’s family also released a statement through the school stating they’ve suffered “a devastating loss.”
“Anne was a brilliant and caring young woman just entering the prime of her life. She was an incredibly kind and loving person and her death has left a hole in the hearts of all who knew her,” they wrote, noting the young woman’s generosity, talent and passion for the arts.
“That she will not be here to continue to touch the lives of those around her is of intense pain to all of our family and her friends. This pain is fresh and it runs deep.”
Bryan was the daughter of city Treasurer Nancy Winkler.
City Council President Darrell Clarke in a statement released Thursday offered his condolences, saying his “heart breaks” for his colleague, along with all those who lost loved ones.
“These deaths and injuries were needless, senseless and woefully unfair,” Clarke said.
“I understand the mounting anger out there because I am feeling it, too. We in city government must always re-evaluate our operations, especially in times like these. I am grateful the Nutter administration is conducting an immediate investigation into this building collapse, and I stand ready to work with them on ways to prevent such tragedies in the future.”
Mayor Michael Nutter identified several individuals who helped search for survivors including Jordan McLaughlin, Ray Kauffman, Bill Roam, Patrick Glynn and Brian Mullins.
“On behalf of the city,” Nutter said in a statement, “I want to thank them for their quick thinking and courage.”
Demolition of the former Salvation Army store was nearly completed as of 3 p.m. Thursday.
Nutter this morning said a “wide-ranging” investigation is underway by the city fire department, Department of Licenses and Inspections, and District Attorney’s Office, as well as by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
“We will fully investigate this tragedy and get to the bottom of what happened, how, when and why,” he said in a statement this afternoon. “We will determine further actions that must be taken to prevent such tragedies in the future. The safety of our citizens must always be our No. 1 priority.”
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