'Miracle on Marion Street': Couple Narrowly Escapes as House Collapses Onto Them - NBC 10 Philadelphia

'Miracle on Marion Street': Couple Narrowly Escapes as House Collapses Onto Them

Water Damage Caused House Collapse: Inspector

The Commissioner and L & I reported on the cause of a house collapsed along Merion Street in Germantown on Thursday, was due to water damage that came into the house through holes in the roof. (Published Friday, March 11, 2016)

"We gotta be blessed that we got out of here."

That's how Lisa Payne summed up escaping from a collapse that left her Germantown home reduced to rubble.

The home at Marion and Ashmead streets in Philadelphia's Germantown neighborhood collapsed around 1 a.m., displacing nine people. Home Along Marion Street CollapsesHome Along Marion Street Collapses

One couple made it out of their house without a scratch, when the house started to collapse along Merion Street in Germantown on Thursday. NBC10’s Pamela Osborne reports after talking to the couple who was inside of the home.
(Published Thursday, March 10, 2016)

Lisa and Aaron Brisbon were getting into bed at the time. Aaron had just laid out his clothing for a family funeral the next morning.

"We just heard boom, boom, next thing you know it just came down," said Aaron. Couple Decribes Escaping Collapsing HomeCouple Decribes Escaping Collapsing Home

NBC10's Monique Braxton is on the scene of a Germantown house collapse she dubbed the "Miracle on Marion Street" after Lisa Payne and Aaron Brisbon escaped unharmed.
(Published Thursday, March 10, 2016)

Somehow, the couple -- who lived in the home for the past four years -- managed to escape the falling debris, walking out the still standing front door.

"He caught the ceiling and I was holding it up, and he said 'come on, let's get out,'" said Lisa. "Thank God we out of there and not hurt." Family Home Comes Tumbling DownFamily Home Comes Tumbling Down

A house collapsed along Marion Street in Philadelphia's Germantown section early Thursday and amazingly the couple escaped without any injuries.
(Published Thursday, March 10, 2016)

NBC10's Monique Braxton dubbed it the "Miracle on Marion Street" since no one was hurt.

Lisa and Aaron were among nine people from two homes assisted by the American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania.

A friend had asked the couple just the previous day about the house after seeing some sagging in a ceiling. Licenses & Inspections said the home was listed as vacant back in 2010 but that there were no reports of it being imminently dangerous.

L&I planned to demolish the rest of the home Thursday.

Investigators said Friday that the cause of the collapse could be blamed on water damage.