‘Sounded Like An Earthquake’: Philadelphia Fire Crews Rescue 14 People From Apartment Building Collapse In Mount Airy

Part of an apartment complex on the 6900 block of Cresheim Road came crashing down around 10 a.m. Saturday.

‘Sounded Like An Earthquake’: Philadelphia Fire Crews Rescue 14 People From Apartment Building Collapse In Mount Airy

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia fire crews rescued 14 people from a partially collapsed house in Mount Airy on Saturday. The people pulled from inside say it’s a miracle no one was injured.

Part of the apartment complex on the 6900 block of Cresheim Road came crashing down around 10 a.m. Saturday, sending debris and people scrambling.

Andre Freelende was in bed when it happened.

“It almost sounded like an earthquake. Seriously,” Freelende said. “I felt this rumbling.”

Residents say a construction crew hired by the building’s landlord had been doing work on the front of the building. They say construction workers caused the collapse.

“There was devastation in the area,” Freelende said. “And the look on the workers’ face said ‘I did something wrong.’”

Licenses and Inspections did not respond when asked to confirm the residents’ accounts.

Construction workers were seen trying to bring down the rest of the roof that never collapsed. A block captain says it’s not the first time this building has had issues.

“Apparently, it was only a matter of time,” Block Captain Maurice Sampson said.

The porch partially collapsed about over a year ago.

“It’s been over a year ago and nothing happened until the neighbors did a lot of phone calling,” Sampson said. “L&I eventually came out and we know that because a whole bunch of us got notices for things.”

“I get outside and I see all this has fallen down. The front foundation was all basically out here,” Freelende said.

The Philadelphia Fire Department tweeted Sunday morning that 14 people were saved from the building. Not a single one was injured.

“It’s a blessing. It really is a blessing,” Freelende said.

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Coronavirus Latest: Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office Reviewing Complaints From Gym Members Being Billed During Shutdown

The Attorney General's Office is reviewing nearly 100 complaints from gym members who say they're still getting billed.

Coronavirus Latest: Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office Reviewing Complaints From Gym Members Being Billed During Shutdown

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — More than a month since Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf shut down most businesses across the commonwealth, officials are still receiving complaints of fitness centers charging members their monthly bills despite being closed. The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office is reviewing nearly 100 complaints from gym members who say they’re still getting billed.

Meanwhile, boutique fitness Centers, like Soul Cycle in Center City and others, like Orange Theory, are working to retain members in unique ways.

Orange Theory fitness trainers now offer free virtual workouts on Instagram because its studios are closed during the statewide shutdown.

“We knew that the coronavirus was going to be something that would be a struggle,” said Anna Robinson, a head coach at Orange Theory’s Northern Liberties location.

The company is now seeking donations for its staff after freezing members’ accounts last month.

Other gyms were slow to freeze accounts, such as the parent company of Philadelphia Sports Clubs. In fact, several complaints to the state’s Attorney General’s Office were filed against its operator, Town Sports International.

The company just started freezing accounts this month.

“Consumers have rights here in Pennsylvania and we’re here to enforce them,” Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said.

At [solidcore], a Pilates-based workout with two locations in Philly, the company laid off 98% of its employees nationwide.

But over at City Fitness, with several locations around the city, there have been no layoffs. That’s because many members initially offered to continue paying their bills, even after it closed.

Then this month, the gym decided to freeze members’ accounts after obtaining emergency funding from the federal government.

“We’re good for the near future,” City Fitness founder Ken Davies said. “How far ahead is still undetermined.”

Soul Cycle instructors are offering free workouts on their Instagram pages as well.

The company is also selling a new at-home bike, similar to a Peleton, for $2,500.

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