Deputy mayor says Philadelphia not liable for private demo work

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 19, 2013 9:32 AM
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(Philadelphia) -- A Philadelphia deputy mayor says the city isn't responsible for demolition work done at a private site once a permit is issued.

The comment comes as City Council opens its investigation into the fatal June 5 building collapse that killed six people.

Council members are questioning the Deputy Mayor Everett Gillison and the city's Licenses and Inspections commissioner, Carlton Williams.

Gillison said Friday he and Williams must limit their comments because of an ongoing criminal investigation.

He says the city is also not liable for contractors' work at private sites. Several survivors have sued the city over the collapse.

Records show the demolition site, which encompassed three buildings, was inspected twice in February, and again in May following a citizen complaint that was deemed unfounded.

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