Philadelphia deputy mayor: City not liable for demo sites
PHILADELPHIA - June 19, 2013 (WPVI) -- 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 a deputy mayor and the city's Licenses and Inspections commissioner.
Deputy Mayor Everett Gillison said Friday he and L&I Commissioner Carlton Williams must limit their comments because of an ongoing criminal investigation.
Gillison 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 collapse site was inspected twice in February, and again in May following a citizen complaint that was deemed unfounded.
center city, philadelphia, collapse, local/state
- 3 beach homes destroyed in Sea Isle City fire
- Egg-cellent holiday weekend 59 min ago
- Get the 6abc StormTracker app
- WATCH: Action News Online
- Photos: Images of Sea Isle City fire 38 min ago
- Authorities searching Delaware River for boater
- Photos: Pictures of out-of-control boat on the Del....
- Photos: Suspects wanted by Philadelphia Police
- Arrest warrant sought for captain of sunken ferry
- Popular chocolate maker reopens in time for Easter
- Montco hall closes weeks before bride's wedding
- Search continues for robbers in armored car heist 56 min ago
- Teen suspended for asking Miss America to prom 6 min ago
- Penn State police: 3 posed nude at Nittany shrine