Cleanup Begins at Deadly Collapse Site - NBC 10 Philadelphia

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

Cleanup Begins at Deadly Collapse Site



    Cleanup has begun at the Salvation Army thrift store, the site in Center City Philadelphia where six people died and 13 were hurt when the 4-story building next door collapsed. (Published Monday, June 24, 2013)

    Nearly three weeks after a building under demolition collapsed onto a nearby store, killing six people, the painstaking process of sorting out the rubble began today.

    A new contractor is being used to clear and sort the remaining rubble in Center City Philadelphia.

    Richard Geppert with Geppert Bros. confirmed that his company has picked up the demolition at the Salvation Army thrift store that was destroyed when a building under demolition next door collapsed onto the store.

    Demolition work started at the site Monday morning -- 19 days after the deadly collapse that also left 13 injured.

    NBC10 cameras rolled as contractors sorted bricks and debris from building contents like clothes, shoes, equipment, etc. Philadelphia Police crime scene investigators were on the scene to sort out any potential evidence.

    The contractor says the cleanup could take about two weeks to complete.

    City Council held its first hearing into Licenses and Inspections practices that have come into to question following the collapse. Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams also announced earlier that a grand jury is also investigating the collapse of the four-story structure onto the store.

    Backhoe operator, Kary R. Roberts, a.k.a. Sean Benschop, surrendered to faces six counts of involuntary manslaughter and related charges. Investigators allege he was high on the job when the collapse happened.


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