Partial Building Collapse Near Temple University, No Injuries Reported
— CBS Philly (@CBSPhilly) April 28, 2015
It was a scary scene near Temple University today as a building partially collapsed around 11 a.m. near the intersection of 18th and Page streets. The Philadelphia Police Department said that the vacant building at 2020 North 18th Street was being renovated by city workers at the time of the accident. Video from CBS 3’s Chopper 3 showed part of the roof had caved in and a significant portion of the front facade was ripped off. Damage to the adjacent rowhome at 2018 North 18th Street, an apartment building housing Temple students can be seen as well. No one was home at the time of the accident and no injuries have been reported thus far.
City records show that building is owned by the Philadelphia Housing Authority. L&I recently issued a violation on April 22 for a “wall partially collapsed” and listed it with an “imminently dangerous” priority level.
“The property at 2020 was classified as imminently dangerous by the Department and was being demolished as part of the City’s Master Demolition Program, which does not require a permit,” said L&I Commissioner Carlton Williams in an email. According to Williams, the contractor was RLC Contractors Inc. owned and operated by Robert Minor. The cause is “under review.” Police confirmed that residents at 2022 North 18th Street were evacuated as a precaution.