Nightly News   |  June 06, 2013

Woman rescued from Philadelphia rubble

When a building under demolition came crashing down, six people were killed in the collapse -- but 61-year-old Myra Plekan managed to survive. NBC’s Kristen Dahlgren reports.

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>> if philadelphia today, rescuers fin nirned going through the run he will of a collapsed building. tonight, the he request is how did it happen. nbc's kristin dahlgren is in philadelphia tonight.

>> reporter: good evening. search efforts as you said have now he ended here. but in the midst of this tragedy, there were tears here over night. a survivor pulled from the rubble. after 14 hours of digging, a sign of life beneath the rubble.

>> we heard a noise and we saw her head and it was moving and she was moaning. that was the indication that she was still alive.

>> reporter: 61-year-old woman had been shopping with a friend with the building under demolition next door came crashing down. her friend was one of the six people killed in the collapse. but somehow, nearby myra survived under four to five feet of debris. firefighters reassured her as they dug her out.

>> we just kept saying we're coming for you. hang in there. we're going to be there in a minute. just kept talking to her.

>> reporter: earlier in the day, firefighter eddie brown did the same for a woman trapped for more than two hours.

>> i kept holding her hand and said we're going to get you out of here.

>> reporter: 14 were pulled from the rubble alive. but there were reports of concern about the demolition project.

>> the building, the way they were tearing it down, it was inappropriate. you could tell that it was -- they were undermanned. they didn't have enough equipment out there.

>> reporter: and others in the neighborhood claim there were no support braces on the walls. officials have launched an investigation. so there are still a lot of questions about what went wrong, what inspections were done when, and what might have prevented this.

>> thank you.