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Philadelphia building collapse report calls for updated state building code

An investigative committee of the Philadelphia City Council said that the state of Pennsylvania must update its building codes to reduce a serious public safety threat like the deadly June 5 building collapse that killed six people and injured 14 others in a Salvation Army thrift store. In a report issued last week, the Philadelphia City Council Special Investigative Committee urged the Governor, state legislature, and Uniform Construction Code Review Advisory Committee (RAC) to adopt model building codes to ensure the safety of all buildings, not just in Philadelphia but in the rest of Pennsylvania. “Model building codes include the ... Read More

Daughter’s death in building collapse prompts Philadelphia official to file lawsuit

Philadelphia’s city Treasurer and her husband have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against several parties implicated in the June 5 building collapse that killed their daughter and five other people in an adjoining Salvation Army thrift store. According to Law 360, Philadelphia Treasurer Nancy Winkler and her husband John Bryan filed their complaint Tuesday, Sept. 17 in the Philadelphia Court of Common pleas, where STB Investments Corp., the Salvation Army, and others face a number of other wrongful-death and personal-injury lawsuits in connection with the collapse, which additionally injured 13. Anne Bryan, a 24-year-old painting student at the Pennsylvania Academy ... Read More

Son of woman killed in Philadelphia building collapse files wrongful death lawsuit

The family of a woman killed when a Philadelphia building undergoing demolition collapsed on top of a Salvation Army thrift store has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the owners of the collapsed buildings and those who were involved in the demolition. The lawsuit is the second wrongful death complaint to be filed in connection with the June 5 disaster, which killed six people and injured 13 others, some critically. Roseline Conteh, a mother of eight children who moved to Philadelphia from Sierra Leone, was shopping at the Salvation Army thrift store when the adjacent apartment building collapsed on top ... Read More

Philadelphia judge says severely injured survivor of building collapse may give deposition

PHILADELPHIA, Penn. – A woman who was critically injured when a Philadelphia building undergoing demolition collapsed on top of the Salvation Army thrift store where she was shopping may proceed with her lawsuit even while 11 others have been stayed, a Pennsylvania judge has decided. Plaintiff Mariya Plekan was pinned under debris for 13 hours when a four-story apartment complex being dismantled collapsed onto the adjacent one-story thrift store, killing six people and injuring 12 others besides Ms. Plekan, who lost both of her legs as a result of the cave-in. She is suing the owner of the building that ... Read More

Critically injured plaintiff asks judge to move forward with Philadelphia building collapse litigation

A woman who was critically injured in the Philadelphia building collapse on June 6 has asked a judge to partially lift a stay that will likely be imposed on her lawsuit pending other legal issues in mounting litigation surrounding the disaster, which killed six people and injured 13 others. Mariya Plekan was shopping at the Salvation Army Thrift store adjacent to the building that was being demolished when it collapsed on top of the store. She was buried under debris for 13 hours and had to have both of her legs amputated as a result of her injures. Ms. Plekan ... Read More

Owner of Philadelphia building implicated in deadly collapse wants court to toss strict liability claim

The owner of a Philadelphia building that collapsed onto an adjacent Salvation Army thrift store June 6, killing six people and injuring 13 others, faces 11 personal-injury and wrongful-death lawsuits related to the disaster. However, Richard Basciano and his company STB Investments Corp., which owned the collapsed building, asked a state court judge to throw out a strict liability claim sought by the plaintiff in one of the lawsuits. Plaintiff Shirley Ball, who was shopping in the Salvation Army store when he adjacent four-story building fell on top of it, alleges in her complaint that she received injuries to her ... Read More

City records show violations and failures contributed to Philadelphia building collapse

Lawyers representing some of the victims killed and injured by the June 5 building collapse in Philadelphia are calling for a “full and open disclosure of the events” that led to the disaster, alleging that the owners of the buildings and city officials “were on notice of a tragedy waiting to happen [but] did not stop it from occurring.” Those strong allegations are rooted in a series of paperwork, emails, and other information released by the city following a Philadelphia Inquirer report that contractors removing debris from the collapsed buildings earlier this month found asbestos among the ruins. That discovery ... Read More

Another Philadelphia building collapse triggers evacuations

PHILADELPHIA – Just days after a downtown Philadelphia building collapsed, killing 6 people and injuring a dozen others, another building collapse blocks away has led to the evacuation of several surrounding buildings. According to authorities at the scene, an excavation site at Eighth and South Streets was deluged with rainwater all day, causing the ground underneath an adjoining building to become unstable and give way Monday night around 8. No one was reportedly injured by the cave-in. Officials investigating the collapse said that that excavation was taking place too close to a retaining wall, which the heavy rain had eroded. ... Read More

Deadly Philadelphia building collapse prompts regulatory review, lawsuits

The collapse of a four-story building and adjacent thrift store in Philadelphia that killed six people and injured 13 others on Friday, June 5, has ignited a grand jury investigation of city regulations and protocols across a number of municipal agencies and departments, the Associated Press reported Monday. “The scope and depth of the Grand Jury process will allow us to completely and appropriately investigate last Wednesday’s tragedy,” said Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams in a statement. In the same release, Mr. Williams expressed his “heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Anne Bryan, Roseline Conteh, Borbor Davis, Kimberly ... Read More

One dead, thirteen injured after Philadelphia buildings collapse

PHILADELPHIA, PENN — Firefighters and other rescue workers were plying through mounds of rubble after two buildings in central Philadelphia collapsed Wednesday morning, trapping several people under concrete, bricks, and other debris. Investigators are considering several possible causes, but are focusing on the role a demolition project on one of the buildings may have played in the incident. Multiple news sources reported one death as a result of the collapse, but details were not immediately known. Thirteen people found in the rubble were taken to local hospitals to be treated for injuries, CBS Philadelphia reported. Of those injuries, none are ... Read More