Building Collapses


2013 Collapse Victim Who Suffered “Guillotine Amputation” Awarded $95.6 Million

A woman who lost the lower half of her body in the 2013 Center City building collapse that left seven dead and a dozen injured has […]


$227 Million Settlement in Fatal Center City Collapse

A $227 million settlement has reportedly been reached in the 2013 Center City collapse that left seven dead and 12 injured after a partially demolished building […]


Jury Finds All Defendants Liable in 2013 Center City Building Collapse

After 15 weeks of testimony, a Philadelphia jury found all defendants liable in the 2013 Market Street building collapse that crushed a Salvation Army and […]


Philly to Crack Down on Use of Vacant Buildings in Wake of Oakland Tragedy

Philadelphia officials are planning to crack down on illegal “pop-up” nightclubs and parties in vacant properties in the wake of a deadly fire that left […]


Jury Selection for Salvation Army Collapse Trial to Begin Today

Starting this morning, a judge and teams of lawyers will begin to winnow a pool of potential jurors in the Salvation Army building collapse case. […]


Today’s City Reads

Local: Mayor Nutter creates a board to check on post-building collapse reforms Politicians looove appointing commissions that issue recommendations. And they often seem to equally […]


Defense in Building Collapse May Call on Mayor to Testify

Michael Nutter may have to take the stand in a murder case, if defense lawyers have their way. Philadelphia’s mayor is one of more than […]


For Pete’s Sake Closed by Roof Collapse

For Pete’s Sake had been in the midst of an expansion recently. The bar at Front and Christian had been working to expand to a second […]


Lawsuit Claims Seventh Death in Salvation Army Collapse

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 […]


Yet Another Rowhome in Philadelphia Collapses; Owner Had Racked Up L&I Violations

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 […]


Rowhome Collapses in Strawberry Mansion, At Least 2 Hurt

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 […]


PHOTOS: Shirt Corner Collapse Part of a Controlled Demolition

[This post was updated at 5:30 p.m. to reflect new information from a 4 p.m. L&I press conference] The aftermath of the collapse at the […]


Under-Demolition Shirt Corner Building Collapses

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 […]

West Philly Building Collapse

L&I Cannot Count High Enough to Tally How Many Buildings Have Collapsed in Philadelphia

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 […]