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August 21, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
THE WOMAN whose legs were amputated after being trapped for 13 hours beneath rubble from the Market Street building collapse filed a lawsuit yesterday, claiming several parties ignored signs of the impending danger. Mariya Plekan, 52, of Hunting Park, was shopping at the Salvation Army store when a three-story wall fell onto the store the morning of June 5. Firefighters pulled Plekan from under the debris shortly before midnight. The suit says that, as a result of the catastrophe, Plekan's entire lower body has been removed.
NEWS
August 21, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A woman who lost her legs after being buried for nearly 13 hours in the Market Street building collapse filed a lawsuit Monday alleging widespread negligence in the catastrophic June 5 accident. Mariya Plekan, a 52-year-old immigrant from Ukraine, was shopping in the Salvation Army thrift shop at 22d and Market Streets when a wall being demolished in the building next door fell onto the store's roof. Plekan suffered devastating injuries "that led to the removal of her entire lower body," the suit says.
NEWS
August 5, 2013 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
A week after the Market Street collapse, building inspector Ronald Wagenhoffer recorded two videos lamenting the loss of six lives and then shot himself to death. The next day, NBC10 reported that in one video, Wagenhoffer said he blamed himself. "It was my fault," the station quoted him as saying. Mayor Nutter's administration quickly refuted that, saying that city officials had reviewed the tapes and that Wagenhoffer had actually said: "It wasn't my fault. " City officials declined to release the tapes, saying they were part of a grand jury investigation.
NEWS
July 26, 2013 | By Bob Warner, Inquirer Staff Writer
City Controller Alan Butkovitz is planning an audit of city demolition practices, at least the fourth investigation spurred by a deadly Center City building collapse last month. The Controller's Office sent a letter Wednesday to the commissioner of licenses and inspections, Carlton Williams, saying it intended to audit "the policies and procedures" used by L&I and other agencies to monitor private and publicly funded demolition projects. "The objective of this audit will be to evaluate the adequacy of the inspection and enforcement procedures pertaining to building demolitions, including the 300 demolitions the city reportedly inspected after the June 5, 2013, Market Street building collapse," Deputy City Controller Gerald V. Micciulla told Williams.
NEWS
July 26, 2013
By Nancy Savoth You never truly experience the heat of a Philadelphia summer unless you are nine months pregnant. As I was in the globally warmed days of 1987, when blacktop streets melted as pedestrians waded through the blanketed humidity of 100-degree days. My husband John and I plotted how to best go the three blocks to Thomas Jefferson Hospital from our apartment at Eighth and Spruce. One too many times he announced his plan to park a grocery cart at our stoop for use on the big day. I was not amused.
NEWS
July 20, 2013 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
A dramatic video of the Market Street building collapse was captured by a camera on a SEPTA Route 31 bus at the moment the four-story wall fell on top of a Salvation Army thrift store June 5. Six people were killed and 14 injured in the disaster. The video shows the building's west wall coming down in a cloud of dust as pedestrians run and vehicles veer out of the way. The bus was just west of 22d Street, traveling east on Market. Its security camera captured the only known video of the moment the building went down.
NEWS
July 19, 2013
EATS BEAT * Old City's Serrano (20 S. 2nd St., 215- 928-0770, tinangel.com) normally closes for vacation in July. The restaurant has been open Thursday through Saturday this year, featuring casual, discounted street food, specially priced drinks and entertainment. Kenn Kweder performs Saturday, 7-10 p.m. * From 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Devil's Den (1148 S. 11th St., 215-339-0855, devilsdenphilly.com) celebrates the Tour de France with an Ommegang Beer Brunch with special drafts and food, and the finale playing on the telly.
NEWS
July 19, 2013
SEPTA released video-surveillance footage yesterday from its Route 31 bus that captured the June 5 building collapse at 22nd and Market streets that killed six people and injured 14. The video shows the four-story wall crashing onto the adjacent Salvation Army thrift store at 10:41 a.m. as the bus, traveling east on Market Street, pulled up to the intersection. People scrambled away and cars sped off as a cloud of dust expanded, but some people soon started running toward the building.
NEWS
July 18, 2013
Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger acknowledged Tuesday that he did not alert city building inspectors after he was warned in May of dangerous conditions at the Market Street demolition site. Within an hour of receiving that warning, Greenberger said, he got another e-mail suggesting the problems were being resolved. Story, B1.
NEWS
July 15, 2013 | By Paul Nussbaum, Mark Fazlollah, and Bob Warner, Inquirer Staff Writers
In the weeks before the deadly Market Street collapse, the building's owner repeatedly warned top city officials and Salvation Army officials that the demolition could endanger the adjacent Salvation Army thrift store. But that did not prompt the city to step in. Nor did it stop the owner from rapidly demolishing the building - with devastating consequences. E-mails and letters reviewed by The Inquirer show repeated warnings about a possible collapse with potentially deadly results.
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