Philadelphia official received complaint before deadly collapse

Published: 1:32 PM EDT Jul 17, 2013
Philly building collapse

A Philadelphia official said he received an email detailing a building developer's concerns weeks before the building collapsed and killed six people last month, but thought the issues had been resolved.

City Commerce Director Alan Greenberger said he got an email May 22 from Thomas J. Simmonds Jr., property manager for the company demolishing the downtown building.

Greenberger said Simmonds complained about problems negotiating access and safety arrangements with the Salvation Army thrift shop next door.

Demolition continued until June 5, when a wall collapsed onto the thrift shop, killing six and injuring 12.

Greenberger said in a statement Tuesday he got another email 36 minutes after the first and thought the issue was being resolved. A Salvation Army attorney said the sides were continuing to talk.