PHILADELPHIA (May 6, 2015) – Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams today issued the following statement about the City of Philadelphia’s renewed effort to protect first responders and citizens by safely demolishing vacant commercial and residential buildings.
“As the building at 8th and Rising Sun Streets came down today, I wanted to once again take the opportunity to thank our first responders for their service. Unfortunately lives were lost in 2012, but thanks to the Investigating Grand Jury and their recommendations that started the process, we now have legislation in place that will continue to reform how we go about inspecting and demolishing vacant and dangerous commercial and residential buildings.
“I’d also like to thank Philadelphia City Council and Councilpersons O’Brien and Quiñones-Sánchez for their extra effort and advocacy which led to the amending of the Philadelphia Fire Code. If the tragedy taught us one thing it is that these large vacant commercial structures can cause a host of problems for the citizens who live near them and are extraordinarily dangerous for first responders.”