TribLIVE

| State

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Inspector linked to fatal Philly collapse commits suicide

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Daily Photo Galleries

By The Associated Press
Thursday, June 13, 2013, 9:12 p.m.
 

PHILADELPHIA — A veteran Philadelphia building inspector who apparently committed suicide had inspected the site of a deadly building collapse twice in February and an adjacent, related project in mid-May.

The June 5 collapse killed six people when a four-story building tumbled onto a small thrift shop. The demolition site consisted of three attached buildings.

City records show that Ronald Wagenhoffer inspected the site before work began on Feb. 12 and again on Feb. 25, after it got underway. He returned to the strip of attached storefronts on May 14 after a citizen complained about the demolition being conducted at the building next door to the one that collapsed. Wagenhoffer found the complaint unfounded.

Mayor Michael Nutter called the death Wednesday of 52-year-old Wagenhoffer “astounding” and “painful.”

“We had six people who died in the building collapse, and now we've had another person perish because of this particular tragedy,” Nutter said in Chicago, where he was attending a conference Thursday. “This was just astounding to find this out.”

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Pennsylvania

  1. Big-game hunting means navigating Third World country political systems
  2. Indicted Pennsylvania lawmaker Fattah vows to run for re-election
  3. Western Pa. youths chosen for state police camp
  4. Fallout from child protection law felt in Pa. churches, libraries, fields
  5. Medical pot has advocate in Pennsylvania House
  6. Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf police chief decision coming ‘soon’
  7. 2001 same-sex union recognized despite partner’s death
  8. Boy youngest to receive double-hand transplant in Philadelphia
  9. Va. trucker hit  Mega Millions jackpot in Pa.
  10. Probe continues in fatal shooting in Sharon hospital parking lot