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Worker killed when wall collapses in Cherry Hill

A contracting employee is dead following the collapse of a wall at a building being demolished in Cherry Hill on Friday afternoon, according to several reports.

Aerial view of collapsed building in Cherry Hill
Aerial view of collapsed building in Cherry Hill (CBS Philly)

NBC 10 reports the collapse took place at the old Blockbuster Video store on Route 38 in the Wal-mart Plaza and that everyone else at the job site is accounted for.

Cherry Hill Fire Director Patrick Kelly says the building was almost fully demolished already but the last section of it fell on top of the worker. He says the worker likely died instantly. A person operating a backhoe and another worker were uninjured.

Kelly says the contractor had all the necessary permits to demolish the building. The identity of the contractor hasn’t been disclosed.

The store is being torn down to make way for a new Wawa store.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report

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