Collapse on June 5, 2013 in Center City Philadelphia killed 6 and injured 13 people

City Official Received Complaint Before Collapse

Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013  |  Updated 9:34 AM EDT
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City Official Received Complaint Before Collapse

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Firefighters view the aftermath of a building collapse, Thursday, June 6, 2013, in Philadelphia. On Wednesday, the building under demolition collapsed onto a neighboring thrift store, killing six people and injuring 14, including one who was pulled from the debris nearly 13 hours later. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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A Philadelphia official says he received an email detailing a developer's concerns weeks before a building collapse killed six people last month, but thought the issues had been resolved.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Commerce Director Alan Greenberger says he got an email May 22 from Thomas J. Simmonds Jr., property manager for STB Investments Corp., the company demolishing the downtown building.

Greenberger says Simmonds complained about problems negotiating access and safety arrangements with the Salvation Army, which ran a thrift shop next door. But Greenberger said in a statement Tuesday he got another email 36 minutes later and thought the issue was being resolved. A Salvation Army attorney says the sides were continuing to talk.

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Demolition continued until June 5, when a wall collapsed onto the thrift shop, killing six and injuring more than a dozen.

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