Warnings issued before Philadelphia building collapse; 5 die in Ky. fire

July 13, 2013
PENNSYLVANIA
Building owner was warned of danger

A newspaper reports that the property manager of a Philadelphia building that collapsed and killed six people last month had warned the city that the structure could crumble with deadly consequences.

The Philadelphia Inquirer report cites requests from the employee of property owner STB Investments that the city intervene in its dispute with the Salvation Army, which was seeking to delay demolition of the building adjacent to its thrift store.

The paper reports that although the city never stepped in as requested, the demolition of the four-story building continued until its collapse June 5.

An STB attorney declined comment, and a Salvation Army attorney disputed some of STB’s contentions.

— Associated Press

KENTUCKY
Five reported dead in house fire

Authorities say five people have died in a house fire in northern Kentucky.

Kentucky State Police Trooper David Jones said two bodies were removed Saturday from the scene of an overnight fire at a two-story home in Powersville in Bracken County.

Jones said three more bodies were found in the rubble later Saturday.

Police did not identify those who died. Jones said one man survived and was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center in stable condition.

The fire is under investigation.

— Associated Press

INDIANA
Boy pulled alive from dune after 3 hours

A 6-year-old boy who spent more than three hours underground after being swallowed by a massive Indiana sand dune responded to “simple commands” when he arrived at a Chicago hospital, a spokesperson said.

The boy, whose survival was described as a “miracle” by a local coroner, remained in critical condition Saturday at Comer Children’s Hospital and has responded well to being on a ventilator, hospital spokeswoman Lorna Wong said in a statement.

Michigan City, Ind., Fire Chief Ronnie Martin told WSBT-TV on Saturday that an air pocket saved the boy’s life.

— Associated Press

Love that dirty water The Charles River may be famous for its filth, but it’s clean enough for its first public swim since the 1950s. The Boston Globe reported that dozens jumped into the river Saturday in swimsuits.

— Associated Press

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