July 11, 2012 |
Bill Nikolopoulos awoke in darkness, made his way to a window in his apartment and laid eyes on an enormous wall of flames. It was about 2:30 Tuesday morning, and a fire was raging inside an abandoned warehouse on Front Street near Girard Avenue, about a block from his apartment. As thick arms of smoke curled around the nearby Market-Frankford El, Nikolopoulos turned and looked at his sleeping 9-year-old grandson. "I got ready to put my pants on and get him outside," he said.
July 11, 2012 |
Fire tore through a vacant warehouse on the border of Northern Liberties and Fishtown early Tuesday, destroying the building, injuring one firefighter, and leading SEPTA to suspend service along the Market-Frankford El during the morning commute. The firefighter, who was not identified, was taken to Hahnemann University Hospital after hurting his back in a fall. He was released Tuesday afternoon, Executive Fire Chief Richard Davison said. The four-alarm blaze broke out a few blocks from the Piazza at Schmidts in Northern Liberties, which has become one of the city's thriving areas for nightlife and apartment-dwellers.
June 17, 2012 |
A year after suspicious blazes tore through the vacant hulks of three former industrial complexes in Camden, spreading fear that a serial arsonist was at large and prompting federal investigators to descend on the city, the views of the sites anger or please neighbors, depending on where they are located. Charred wood and other debris remain piled up steps from Nina Thomas' home near the former Howland Croft, Sons & Co. garment factory in the Waterfront South section, which went up in flames on June 11 last year.
June 10, 2012
A story Thursday on a memorial service for Lt. Daniel Sweeney and Capt. Robert Neary, two firefighters killed in the Kensington warehouse blaze in April, wrongly identified a speaker at the event. Tim McShea, vice president of the Philadelphia Fire Fighters and Paramedics Union, Local 22, spoke on behalf of union president Bill Gault. In addition, it was Diane Neary, widow of Robert Neary, with whom McShea, not Gault, had a telephone conversation. The Inquirer wants its news report to be fair and correct in every respect, and regrets when it is not. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, contact assistant managing editor David Sullivan (215-854-2357)
June 7, 2012 |
Almost two months after a Kensington fire claimed the lives of two Philadelphia firefighters, family members and the firefighter community are still searching for answers. "We come today trying to — still trying to — understand the why. And, for me at least, the most frustrating part of that is trying to know or understand what you cannot know or understand," Mayor Nutter said during an all-faiths gathering for fallen firefighters Capt. Robert Neary and Lt. Daniel Sweeney on Wednesday morning.
June 1, 2012 |
Online retail giant Amazon.com will invest $130 million in New Jersey, build two warehouses, and bring 1,500 full-time jobs to the state, Gov. Christie announced Wednesday. In return, the Seattle-based Internet retailer will collect the state's 7 percent sales tax from New Jersey residents who buy online starting in July 2013. Christie said at a news conference that the tax collection would bring an estimated $30 million to $40 million a year to the state. The deal is contingent on Amazon receiving tax incentives to finance construction of the warehouses in cities that were not named.
May 24, 2012 |
The Philadelphia firefighters union said Tuesday that Commissioner Lloyd Ayers and his two top deputies should resign, blaming them for a lack of leadership and tactical errors that led to the deaths of two firefighters last month in Kensington. The leaders of Local 22 said the incident commander failed to establish a "collapse zone" around the vacant, century-old mill that sparked into a spectacular five-alarm blaze April 9. The two firefighters — Lt. Robert P. Neary, 59, and Firefighter Daniel Sweeney, 25 — were killed when one of the mill's five-story walls fell on an adjacent furniture store, where they and two others were doing a routine check.
May 16, 2012 |
WHEN IT comes to large vacant buildings, developer Tony Rufo knows how to spot potential. More than a year ago, Rufo transformed the shuttered Nathaniel Hawthorne School into the Hawthorne Lofts: 53 units of luxury loft-style condominiums. The development offers floor-to-ceiling windows, a roof deck with a stunning view of Center City and ultra-low taxes thanks to a 10-year tax break from the city. According to Rufo's website, every unit has sold. But 2 miles south, just around the corner from South Philadelphia High School, sits a very different kind of Rufo property.
May 14, 2012 |
HARRISBURG — Every four months, the detritus of post-9/11 America arrives by the tractor-trailer load at a warehouse here, to be sorted, priced, and sold to the highest bidder. On this particular day, the delivery from LaGuardia, Kennedy, and Newark airports landed rather indelicately, the back of the trailer cracked open like a piñata to reveal broken boxes and heaps of stuff scattered over the truck bed. One worker admired a Pete Rose model Louisville Slugger baseball bat before putting it in the bin on the skid loader.
April 20, 2012 |
SO MAYBE they're not complete and total deadbeats, after all. In the aftermath of the April 9 fire that destroyed the Thomas W. Buck Hosiery building and killed two firefighters, Nutter administration officials released a stream of financial information about Michael, Yechiel and Nahman Lichtenstein, the owners of the Kensington warehouse. The Brooklyn-based relatives owned 31 properties in Philly, the administration said, and owed the city $385,665 in unpaid real-estate taxes.