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Building inspector in Philly building collapse found dead

Building collapse inspector commits suicide

PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia officials have identified an inspector who fatally shot himself a week after a building collapse that killed six people as a dedicated 16-year veteran of the Department of Licenses and Inspections.

Inspector Ronald Wagenhoffer was found dead in his truck Wednesday night with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, said Deputy Mayor Everett Gillison.

Wagenhoffer, 52, was the Department of Licenses and Inspections employee who conducted a May 14 inspection of the building, weeks before the June 5 collapse, Gillison said.

The department is in mourning and Waggenhoffer "did nothing wrong," Gillison said.

Waggenhoffer leaves behind a wife and son.

The downtown building was being demolished when it collapsed onto a neighboring Salvation Army Thrift Store, killing two employees and four customers. Police allege a heavy equipment operator had been high on marijuana.


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