Sunday, October 26, 2014
Inquirer Daily News

5 displaced by N. Phila. garage collapse

A FAMILY of five was left homeless after a garage attached to their North Philly house collapsed yesterday.

The structure tumbled into the street on Dauphin Street near Delhi about 5:15 p.m., but no one was injured, said Department of Licenses and Inspections Commissioner Carlton Williams.

Demolition contractors were expected to make curbside bids last night to tear down the remnants of the garage, Williams said.

According to city records, the property, at 930 W. Dauphin St., was among scores of buildings across the city that L&I labeled as "imminently dangerous."

Records show that the property owner, Gregory Jones, was issued violations by L&I in 2012 and 2013 for floor, ceiling and roof issues. The violations apparently were ignored, records show.

Dave Schrader, a spokesman for the American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania, said the agency was assisting the five people who were displaced. It was not immediately clear whether Jones was among them.

- David Gambacorta

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