June 19, 2016 |
Everywhere Nick DeJesse goes, he sees a problem. So a nice stroll in South Philadelphia en route to a cup of cappuccino Friday turns into an hour-long lecture on fall hazards, trench hazards, and silica dust exposure, with the examples framed by scaffolding on nearly every block. "Whose mother, whose father, whose grandmother, whose baby is breathing that dust?" asked DeJesse, the Philadelphia director of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, as he watched workers repairing bricks at a residential project near 25th and Christian Streets.
April 21, 2016 |
The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office withdrew all charges Tuesday against the suspect in a 1998 murder and dismemberment at a Chinatown restaurant, because the key witnesses against him have returned to China and were unavailable to testify against him. Kai Guo Huang, 39, was released from custody after an aborted preliminary hearing in the slaying of Hoi Yang, 27, in the basement of the former Min Du Restaurant in the unit block of North 10th...
April 11, 2016 |
Police are working to identify a man who was found stabbed to death inside a West Oak Lane home early Saturday. Police responded to the home, on the 6400 block of Limekiln Pike, at about 1:41 a.m. after receiving a report of a stabbing victim inside. In the basement, they found the victim, approximately 35 to 40 years old, with several stab wounds to the chest. He was pronounced dead at 1:55 a.m. Officer Tanya Little said the home's owner found the victim. But she said the owner does not know the victim's name, as he rents out the home and the deceased was not his tenant.
April 9, 2016 |
Q: My basement flooded this weekend, and I don't know whether I should throw away or keep the boxes I was using to store books, clothing, etc. My wife thinks we should throw it all away - she has wanted to get rid of it for years - but some of this stuff is from my childhood. And what should we do about the carpet? - W.B. A: Oh, no. Sorry to hear about this mess. As you know, basements are great for storage. At the same time, we hold on to boxes simply because we have the space.
April 4, 2016 |
Homicide detectives are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found in the basement of a Nicetown home by firefighters responding to a fire that evidently was set deliberately. She appeared to have been shot. Police identified the victim as a woman in her 50s but did not release her name. Shortly after 7 p.m. Friday, firefighters and police went to the house in the 1900 block of West Bristol Street for a report of a fire and a person trapped. Firefighters were met with a house full of smoke and flames on the first floor.
April 3, 2016
A body of a person who was shot to death was found in the basement of a house that apparently was intentionally set ablaze Friday night in Nicetown. Firefighters were called shortly after 7 p.m. to the 1900 block of West Bristol Street to battle the house fire and placed it under control at 7:25 p.m. Afterward, firefighters found the body of the shooting victim in the basement, said Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer. Police were investigating. - Robert Moran
March 9, 2016 |
Authorities are asking for help finding the man suspected of killing a coworker last week at a Vietnamese restaurant in South Philadelphia. Philadelphia police said Monday that 27-year-old Noel Ortea Lemus Del Cid is a person of interest in the slaying of Thoung Nguyen. Nguyen, 54, was found in the basement of Lee's Cafe & Bistro, located at 522 Washington Ave., shortly after 9 p.m. Thursday with her throat slashed. She had been preparing food with the suspect at the time of her death, police said.
January 26, 2016 |
Brad Kenney opens a door at the Moorestown Community House that reads "Authorized Personnel Only," and immediately comes the smell of smoke, a stark contrast from the hallway and ballroom on the other side that were spared damage during a November fire. Past the door, in a dim kitchen, the vinyl flooring has been pulled to reveal the original hardwood from when the building opened in 1926. In the adjacent club room, a sheet covers a water-damaged Steinway piano - 103 years old - that Kenney is trying to salvage.
January 25, 2016 |
Ernie Wyatt, who is from near Macon, Ga., sends the following question: "I have discovered that water has been standing in a corner of my basement in a crawl space and there is a bit of mildew in the area. "A contractor has informed me that a permanent solution to the problem would be to treat the mildew and then haul in some sand, level the crawl space, and encapsulate the basement, sealing it from the outside. "I have heard, however, that encapsulation can promote dry rot. Would it be wise to leave some of the vents open?"
December 28, 2015 |
I answered an insulation question in this column not too long ago, and Joe Ponessa sent me an email in late November about it. "I don't think you gave enough attention to the issue of combustion [makeup] air," said Ponessa, professor emeritus of housing, indoor environment, and health at Rutgers Cooperative Extension. Ponessa agreed that the limited work I described did not sound as if it would cause a problem for "atmospheric" combustion appliances, which derive their air from the surrounding environment.