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Demolition expected to resume at site of deadly building collapse

A look at before and after the building collapsed at 22nd and Market Streets on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. (AP Photos/Dino Hazell and Luis Cornejo)
A look at before and after the building collapsed at 22nd and Market Streets on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. (AP Photos/Dino Hazell and Luis Cornejo)

Demolition work is expected to resume soon at the site of this month's deadly building collapse in Center City.

Geppert Brothers Inc. is in talks with the owners of 2136 Market St. to complete the demolition and clean-up work at 2136 Market St.

The four-story building that was in the process of being demolished collapsed on June 5, toppling onto a neighboring Salvation Army thrift store. The collapse left six people dead and 13 injured.

Mary Pat Geppert, the demolition company's government and media liaison, said the building's owners approached Geppert Bros. about the project after receiving a recommendation.

About three to four weeks of demolition and clean-up work remain at the site, according to Geppert.

Multiple investigations into the incident are under way.

Sean Benschop, the excavator operator, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and other offenses. Philadelphia City Council is holding hearings into the collapse, and District Attorney Seth Williams announced he will convene a grand jury to investigate. Several civil lawsuits have also been filed, and attorneys for the victims and their experts have examined the site.


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Emily Babay Philly.com staff
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