HAMILTON : Family trapped in collapsed house
HAMILTON- (Victim identified)
House collapses traps residents under rubble
1 fatality reported
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Rescue workers we’re on scene Monday morning after a house collapsed in Mercer County, trapping residence in rubble.
Neighbors say one victim, who can be seen up to her chest in rubble was able to alert first responders to where the other victims were trapped in the front part of the house.
The collapse happened just before 7 AM in the 1800 block of South Broad Street and Joseph Street.
Firefighters arrived on the scene to find a full structure collapse with multiple entrapments.
James Feig, who lives nearby was out riding his bike just before 7 AM when he came up upon the collapse. When I pulled up i noticed the House had collapsed but then I looked closer and i noticed a woman in the rubble. fighting back tears James explained how he tried to comfort the woman until rescue crews arrived, She had her cell phone in hand I assumed she was calling for help she kept saying there were other people trapped in the front of the house.
Rescue workers arrived and remove the woman from the scene where she was taken by ambulance to the hospital.
The fatal victim who has been identified as 38-year-old Tika Justice who lived in the house with her two daughters.
Authorities are still withholding the names of the two daughters 16 & 20–year-old
Justice was found overtop of her 16-year-old daughter shielding her from the debris.
The daughter was rescued and taken to capital health regional Medical Center in Trenton where her and her 20-year-old sister who was removed from the rear of the home are listed in serious condition.
Nearby residents said they smelled natural gas in the area but none of the neighbors heard an explosion.
State police search & rescue dogs were conducting A secondary search going through the rubble Looking for any additional victims.
Rescue workers came from throughout the county to help with the rescue efforts including the state police, Ewing Township & Trenton
Township officials say the property is registered as a rental it was last given a certificate of occupancy in September, 2013
The only other time I would ship officials have records of being out to the property was from 14 years ago where the then occupant said they heard a popping sound in the back of the house officials a check but nothing was ever discovered.
The collapse remains under investigation .
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