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July 28, 2010
A 4-year-old boy suffered minor injuries Tuesday morning when he fell into an open sewer in West Philadelphia, police said. The boy was walking with his mother down 43d Street near Fairmount Avenue around 10 a.m. when he dropped out of sight into an uncovered utility hole, police said. His mother pulled him out of the six-foot-deep sewer before a rescue squad arrived. The boy, who was not named by police, was taken to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia as a precaution. Police said the boy was not looking where he was going and the manhole cover was missing and possibly stolen.
NEWS
January 3, 2013 | Breaking News Staff
A cable beneath 16th and Market Streets in Center City began smoking early this morning, causing officials worried about a separate gas leak to evacuate an apartment building. The 10-story Oakwood Apartments building at 16th and Sansom was cleared of its residents, and 16th street was closed between Chestnut and Walnut Streets for much of the morning. Karen Muldoon-Geus, a Peco spokeswoman, said the incident occurred about 3:30 a.m. when smoke was spotted coming from a manhole.
NEWS
August 24, 1987 | By Amy S. Rosenberg and David Lee Preston, Inquirer Staff Writers
A 2-year-old boy, walking with his mother near Wissahickon Creek in Fairmount Park yesterday, slipped through a partially uncovered manhole and disappeared into swiftly moving sewage, authorities said. The 4 p.m. incident set off a massive search of the sewer, and the boy's mother entered the manhole three times to look for him. But the boy, Nolan Robertson-Deal, of the 300 block of East Vernon Road in East Mount Airy, had not been found by shortly after midnight today, and authorities said it was unlikely that he could have survived.
NEWS
March 22, 1995 | By Dwight Ott, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
First it was the aluminum siding on vacant houses. Then it was the cast- iron caps on fire hydrants. Now Camden's metal thieves are taking to the streets - or taking from the streets, to be precise. They are stealing cast-iron manhole covers, city officials say. More than 60 have disappeared in recent weeks - some taken in broad daylight, apparently for sale to junkyards that can melt them down and sell them as scrap. Capt. John Sabella described the thefts yesterday during a City Council caucus.
NEWS
September 5, 1998 | By Herbert Lowe, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Center City block was jolted yesterday by two explosions related to a basement fire in an office building that sent manhole covers hurtling into the air. There were no injuries. Firefighters were summoned to the four-story building at 22d and Walnut Streets around 3:30 p.m. The building houses offices for Life & Health of America Co. and Hanover Fire & Casualty Co., said Ross Miller, vice president and general counsel of the fourth-generation, family-owned firms. Miller said he was alone in the building lobby when he heard an explosion in the basement.
NEWS
February 26, 2008 | By Tom Infield INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The company that operates the steam system under Philadelphia streets will pay $18 million to a former University of Pennsylvania medical student who broke his back when he plunged 18 feet into an open manhole in 2004. Minutes before Marcus Gustafsson, 30, fell into the hole at 19th and Walnut Streets, a homeless man had pried off the cover. Gustafsson might have received more money if he had waited for a Common Pleas Court jury to rule in the lawsuit he had filed against Trigen-Philadelphia Energy Corp.
NEWS
July 11, 2000 | By Wendy Tanaka and Elisa Ung, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
More than 4,000 Peco Energy Co. customers in downtown Philadelphia lost power yesterday morning after a manhole fire shut down several electrical circuits. Peco said the fire near the company's Callowhill Street substation damaged underground equipment and triggered nine circuits to stop transporting electricity beginning about 10 a.m. The circuits covered the area from Delaware Avenue to 20th Street and Race Street to Girard Avenue. Electricity was restored to all but 11 customers by 11:20 a.m. yesterday, Peco said.
NEWS
August 24, 1987 | By TYREE JOHNSON, Daily News Staff Writer
Water Department employees suited up today to go into manhole after manhole in an attempt to find the body of little Nolan Robertson Deal, the 2-year-old who fell through a partially open manhole into a rushing stream of waste water near Wissahickon Creek yesterday. Water Department spokeswoman Joan Fredette said the flow of water in the system had been reduced in order to help the workers in their search. However, other Water Department employees who asked not to be identified said it could well be another day before the boy's body was found.
NEWS
July 11, 1991 | By Ginny Wiegand, Inquirer Staff Writer
It is 4:35 in the morning, an uneventful Tuesday in a sleeping city. Donald Cherry and Martin J.O. Lahai are more than halfway through their overnight cleaning shift in the Center City District. Been on duty since 11, nothing much going on. They are working in the 1400 block of Moravian Street, trying to vacuum the crud out of a dumpster, when suddenly, right there in the shadows, they see two men making like Ninja Turtles. The two pry off the cover and lower themselves down a manhole.
NEWS
September 2, 1993 | By Maura Webber, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A delivery run nearly two years ago made Redy-Mixt Konkrete driver Robert Pounds a little nervous. The job seemed simple enough: The bill said a Logan Township customer, James Rapisardi, wanted two cubic yards of concrete from the Woodbury concrete company to fill holes. But in recounting the delivery in Gloucester County Superior Court yesterday Pounds testified that someone he believed to be Rapisardi met him at a Township Line Road address and explained that he wanted the concrete in a manhole.
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November 6, 2013 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
DRIP. DRIP. Drip. How'd you spend your Monday morning? I spent it talking to Ellis Gilliom, staring into a hole in the ground at 61st and Lindbergh. He said water had been leaking from a busted hydrant for more than a month after it was sheared off by a passing car. A longtime Philadelphian, Gilliom, 69, knew it was a small issue when compared with some of the doozies residents routinely face. But this inattention is emblematic of how Philly deals with problems: waiting until the drip of something small and fixable becomes a geyser of something big and expensive.
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August 27, 2013 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
The slog across Eighth Street is rarely smooth or easy. Nearly 12,000 cars travel its two narrow lanes daily, like herds of Holsteins lumbering through the squeeze chute. But for the last few weeks, the busy thoroughfare has gone from merely aggravating to you-must-be-kidding. A $6 million repaving project that began Aug. 5 and will end in early September has ripped the hide off the street, leaving it gashed and cratered. Work crews wielding jackhammers and riding Bobcats have taken over, shoving cars to the curb or blocking them.
NEWS
April 17, 2013 | BY SAM DONNELLON
THE 1996 ATLANTA Olympic Park bombing. The World Trade Center massacre. The London subway bombing. The stabbing death of a U.S. citizen during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Newtown. Three dead and, at last count, more than 140 injured in Monday's bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. That's our world. These are timelines my three children will use to mark their ascent into adulthood, just as the deaths of JFK, RFK and MLK, and the attempted assassinations of Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan marked mine.
NEWS
January 3, 2013 | Breaking News Staff
A cable beneath 16th and Market Streets in Center City began smoking early this morning, causing officials worried about a separate gas leak to evacuate an apartment building. The 10-story Oakwood Apartments building at 16th and Sansom was cleared of its residents, and 16th street was closed between Chestnut and Walnut Streets for much of the morning. Karen Muldoon-Geus, a Peco spokeswoman, said the incident occurred about 3:30 a.m. when smoke was spotted coming from a manhole.
NEWS
December 24, 2012 | By Andrew Seidman, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Peco Energy Co. is reporting an "issue with underground cables" near Lancaster Avenue and Rittenhouse Place in Lower Merion. Peco workers are on site, and the utility company is assembling more specialized crews to assess the damage. Peco will have to cut off electricity before workers can go underground safely, company spokesman Ben Armstrong said. "The insulation around the cables could be heating up and causing the manhole to smoke," Armstrong said. "You could be seeing smoke coming from the manhole.
NEWS
June 7, 2012 | By Juliana Reyes
SOMETIMES, WHEN our phone line was particularly quiet, we'd get worried that you had run out of neighborhood problems, and we couldn't be useful anymore. On the other hand, that's what we wanted, right? If you stopped calling, it could mean only good things. But then, someone would call to say that dozens of stray cats were camping out in an abandoned RV on a vacant lot. And we'd feel silly. Run out of neighborhood problems? In Philly?   The City Howl Help Desk is closing its doors for now, but we're going to leave you with some lessons we've learned from looking into your quality-of-life complaints these last couple of years.
NEWS
November 8, 2011 | Staff Report
An explosion and a fire in a manhole knocked out power to about 1,400 PECO customers in Northeast Philadelphia and played havoc with traffic about 3 hours this morning. The blast was reported about 7:20 a.m. in a manhole on the 7500 block of Bustleton Avenue in Rhawnhurst. PECO said power was restored around 10:20 a.m. The police closed Bustleton Avenue from Cottman Avenue to St. Vincent Street after the explosion and reported that traffic lights were out in the area, including those at Roosevelt Boulevard and Harbison Avenue.
NEWS
November 2, 2011 | By JULIANA REYES
SOMETIMES it's the little things that are hardest to fix. With the help of Licenses & Inspections and members of the Queen Village Neighbors Association, Ted Warren has taken on giant neighborhood problems - like vacant lots and abandoned properties - and won. Last spring, Warren got to see his work in action. A developer transformed the vast vacant lot across from his house, which he and his partners had targeted, into a row of single-family homes. But after the construction, something was left behind: an uncovered manhole.
NEWS
June 29, 2011 | Inquirer Staff Report
An underground cable explosion dislodged a manhole cover and briefly knocked out power this afternoon to about 1,000 customers in the Powelton Village section of West Philadelphia, PECO said. No injuries were reported, but traffic backed up in the area as traffic lights went dark for up to a half-hour. Liz Williamson, a PECO spokeswoman, said the cable failed about 12:10 in a manhole on Powelton Avenue and 38th Street near Presbyterian Hospital. The hospital did not lose power.
NEWS
July 28, 2010
A 4-year-old boy suffered minor injuries Tuesday morning when he fell into an open sewer in West Philadelphia, police said. The boy was walking with his mother down 43d Street near Fairmount Avenue around 10 a.m. when he dropped out of sight into an uncovered utility hole, police said. His mother pulled him out of the six-foot-deep sewer before a rescue squad arrived. The boy, who was not named by police, was taken to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia as a precaution. Police said the boy was not looking where he was going and the manhole cover was missing and possibly stolen.
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