The Salvation Army Responds to the Tragic Building Collapse in Philadelphia

June 07, 2013
Janella Eccleston |

The Salvation Army Responds to the Tragic Building Collapse in Philadelphia

The Salvation Army is praying for the recovery of the 13 survivors and is mourning the loss of those six individuals who died in the tragic building collapse on Wednesday, June 5 in Philadelphia.

"We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life of the six individuals who perished in the wake of yesterday's building collapse. The passing of these individuals, including two of our employees, will be felt across our entire organization and throughout the community. We will continue to pray for their families during this time, and for all of those affected,” said Lt. Col. Timothy Raines, The Salvation Army, “The Salvation Army has been in contact with the families to offer emotional and spiritual support, and is working closely with the Philadelphia Police, Fire and Office of Emergency Management during this critical response to offer assistance in any way we can. We thank the first responders for their efforts in this tragedy, and we do not have any further information to provide as families are asking for privacy at this time,"

Rescuers were at the scene on and worked throughout the night to recover all survivors. Upon receiving word of this tragedy, our canteens were immediately deployed, and were at the scene up until yesterday providing feeding and hydrating services. At the peak of the disaster on Wednesday, we had three units deployed (one canteen and two support/quick response vehicles).

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