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

Records Show Violations Before Deadly Building Collapse

By MARYCLAIRE DALE
|  Friday, Jul 19, 2013  |  Updated 5:17 PM EDT
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Records Show Violations Before Deadly Building Collapse

Vince Lattanzio, NBC10.com

A week after a Center City building collapse claimed the lives of six people and injured 13, the remains stand in a mass of broken wood, brick and glass.

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City documents show a Philadelphia demolition contractor racked up several violations at the site where a wall collapsed onto an adjacent store, killing six people.

The city is releasing some documents Friday related to the June 5 collapse, which is the subject of several investigations.

Demolition subcontractor Sean Benschop is charged with involuntary manslaughter for allegedly operating heavy equipment while impaired.

The documents show that contractor Griffin Campbell had been cited for starting interior demolition before informing the city, and for having asbestos-laden material in a dumpster. Campbell allegedly told the inspector someone had discarded the material into his truck.

The records show that asbestos has since been found at the site, despite a pre-demolition pledge the buildings were asbestos free.

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Campbell's lawyer did not immediately return a message Friday.
 

 


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