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Questions mount after Philadelphia building collapse

Published June 6, 2013 8:36 pm

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Philadelphia • The search for victims of a building collapse that killed six people, including two Salvation Army workers, wound down Thursday amid mounting questions about whether the demolition company that was tearing down the structure caused the tragedy by cutting corners.

The four-story building along Philadelphia's busy Market Street collapsed Wednesday onto a Salvation Army thrift shop next door, killing 6 people and injuring 14.

"Buildings get demolished all the time in the city of Philadelphia with active buildings right next to them. ... They're done safely in this city all the time," Mayor Michael Nutter said Thursday. "Something obviously went wrong here yesterday and possibly in the days leading up to it. That's what the investigation is for."

Despite Nutter's reassurances, Philadelphia began inspecting hundreds of demolition sites in the wake of the collapse.

The Associated Press