NBC 10 reports: “More than a year after the fatal Market Street building collapse in Philadelphia, widow Bonnie Johnson is publicly blaming her husband’s death on the accident. Danny C. Johnson would be the 7th fatality.”
The Daily News’ William Bender is back on the house collapse beat in Tuesday’s Daily News, reporting on a house collapse at 61st Street and Glenmore Avenue in Southwest Philly. One home collapsed Sunday night, displacing five. L&I inspected the block, and deemed 16 more homes unsafe.
Fortunately, no one was hurt in the collapse. Unfortunately, it’s not going to be easy to find the owner:
NBC 10 reports a rowhome in the Strawberry Mansion section of Philadelphia has collapsed, injuring at least two people.
The house on the 3000 block of Diamond Street was under demolition, the station reports. NBC 10 said it spotted two injured people receiving treatment from its news chopper. Action News reports the collapse happened about 10:40 a.m.
[This post was updated at 5:30 p.m. to reflect new information from a 4 p.m. L&I press conference]
“It was a demolition job and the side wall spilled out onto the street, ” said Mark Christof, a superintendent with Constructure Management Inc. “The building is so close to the street that even the bricks flying out there could’ve hurt somebody. But they positioned people all the way around the whole perimeter to make sure everybody was out of the way before it happened.”
The collapse occurred as the demolition crew attempted to remove the top two floors of 257 Market Street. As a piece of machinery pulled on the building, a portion of the structure buckled and fell onto 259 Market Street, which crumbled from the weight of the debris.
The old Shirt Corner, currently under demolition at 3rd and Market, appears to have partially collapsed.
Let me try that again. Pic w wider area of 3rd St. 3-5 minutes after wall came down on w side of Shirt Corner bldg pic.twitter.com/qn2cRF7VGq
— IsaiahThompson (@isaiah_thompson) March 13, 2014
Fun story in today’s Daily News from William Bender: The Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspections literally has no idea how many buildings have collapsed in Philadelphia.
To make things even better worse, the Daily News has been trying to get this data for three months!
As a blue-ribbon commission investigates L&I in the wake of last year’s fatal collapse on Market Street, the beleaguered agency said this week that it cannot determine how many buildings have collapsed in recent years because the descriptions of the incidents to which its staffers respond are buried in an unsearchable database.