Brick wall collapses into Pa. home; demo company did not have proper permits: report

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A demolition company may not have had the proper permits when it brought down a brick wall, damaging a home next door, on Sunday (Screenshot/6 ABC).

A demolition company may not have had the proper permits when it brought down a brick wall, damaging a home next door, on Sunday (Screenshot/6 ABC).    This photo is related to the incident.  The photo headlining the article is a file photo

It could have been a disaster.

But luckily, no one was injured when a brick wall next to a home in Philadelphia came crashing down in what is being called a demolition project gone wrong,

You can’t see the wall collapse on the 1500 block of Palethrope St. in Fishtown, but you can hear it and see the aftermath in this 6 ABC report:

Neighbors called 911, fearing people were trapped in the rubble, but no one was injured from the construction company. The couple and their children who lived in the damaged home next door were uninjured, as well, as the brick wall collapsed and scaffolding pierced their walls.

Venise Whitaker, a constituent service representative with Councilman Darrell Clarke’s office, told 6 ABC the company did not have a demolition permit. She fears this could happen again and be more devastating.

Philadelphia has seen similar cases before.

Six people were killed and 19 were injured when a towering brick wall left unbraced during a demolition project crushed an adjacent Salvation Army store on June 5, 2013. It resulted in a $227 million settlement and a two unqualified demolition contractors serving prison terms for involuntary manslaughter.

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