Vacant Home Collapses in North Philly

By David Chang and Alison Burdo
|  Monday, Mar 24, 2014  |  Updated 12:34 AM EDT
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Demolition crews will be back Monday in North Philadelphia where two adjacent rowhouses collapsed on Sunday.  NBC10's Na'eem Douglas reports, neighbors say the property was a ticking time bomb.

NBC10 Na’eem Douglas

Demolition crews will be back Monday in North Philadelphia where two adjacent rowhouses collapsed on Sunday. NBC10's Na'eem Douglas reports, neighbors say the property was a ticking time bomb.

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L&I officials are investigating the collapse of a vacant home in North Philadelphia.

The three-story house on the 2500 block of North 6th Street collapsed Sunday morning, one week after the back wall of the structure fell to the ground, according to reports.

"It was still coming down during the week. Pieces were still falling down," said  Joe Ramirez, a neighbor. "It could have killed somebody."

Officials say the building is vacant and no one was injured during the collapse Sunday, but neighbors told NBC10 the partial collapse that occurred last week hurt a man who was staying at the home.

Philadelphia's Department of Licenses & Inspections issued violations for the initial collapse on March 16, indicating the property was "imminently dangerous."

But officials with L&I say the owner was having trouble securing the funds for an engineer's report and demolition.

The city agency planned to handle the demolition on the owner's behalf and issue her a bill, but the action didn't come soon enough.

L&I officials arrived at the scene shortly after the collapse and proceeding to demolish the remaining structure as well as a neigboring home, which has the same owner who did not live in either property.. 

Building upkeep is the owner's responsibility, but L&I encourages neighors to report any problems they see.

The report will prompt officials to cite the owner, who will then be required to make changes, according to L&I.

If the owner fails to fix the issues, L&I will address the problems and bill the owner.

An investigation into the collapse will continue.

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