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Salvation Army to be named in lawsuits over deadly building collapse in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA - The Salvation Army is becoming the latest defendant in litigation over a deadly building collapse in Philadelphia.

Six people died inside a Salvation Army thrift store when an adjacent building being demolished collapsed on them in June.

Lawyer Robert Mongeluzzi said the Salvation Army played "a game of chicken" with its neighbor over the demolition, despite known safety risks.

Emails show the building owner's failed efforts to put a tarp over the thrift store or place a bucket truck above it to remove a four-story brick wall by hand.

Mongeluzzi represents several survivors and the family of one woman killed. He opposes a contractor's efforts Wednesday to delay the lawsuits until a criminal grand jury probe is completed.

A Salvation Army lawyer did not immediately return a message Thursday.

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