Harry Gross: Contractor walks out on mourning family

Posted: November 02, 2012

DEAR HARRY: My parents were married for 60 years and raised six children and three grandchildren in our home in North Philly. It was where we all went for a cooked meal, fruit, sweets and love. They saw the good in everyone. The house burned down earlier this year, taking my mother and my great-niece. We hired a contractor to take down the remainder of the house. He did some of the work, then seemed to disappear. I still visualize my mother and the baby standing and crying for help. The contractor never took down the front of the house, which is standing as an eyesore between two buildings. We have contacted the insurance company, the Department of Licenses & Inspections, and the Fire Department, to no avail. My siblings and I want to make a memorial garden - a place where people can go to feel close to our parents and the baby. Many people have offered to contribute to this cause. Harry, we need your help.

WHAT HARRY SAYS: What a pity! Contractors like this one give all others a bad name. You must get yourselves a reliable contractor to get that wall down. It appears to be a safety hazard, as well. Get help from your City Councilman. Good luck!


Write Harry Gross at the Daily News, 801 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19107

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