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(CNN)   Building collapse in Philly; this is not a repeat from June, or for that matter from earlier this month   (cnn.com) divider line 89
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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-07-29 12:52:22 PM  
several homes collapsed in Philadelphia Monday morning, apparently after an explosion

Also not a repeat from May 13, 1985.
 
2013-07-29 02:35:30 PM  
Obama drone strike?
 
2013-07-29 02:38:22 PM  
It was just on the news, happened around 11 EDT. 3 people were in the house, including a teenager, a 6-7 month old baby, and a contractor who was installing a new furnace in the basement. The contractor is in the hospital, transferred from Jefferson to Temple.
 
2013-07-29 02:38:39 PM  
FTA: "They threw this baby girl out the window because she was on fire, and the fireman caught the baby"
Hero tag absent this Monday?
 
2013-07-29 02:40:01 PM  
Atlantic Rim?
 
2013-07-29 02:41:22 PM  
My first impression of Philly was that even my hometown, widely reputed as a shiathole, didn't have whole blocks with the sides fallen off and gaping open. I'd never seen into a whole side of a building before.
 
2013-07-29 02:41:36 PM  

phillydrifter: It was just on the news, happened around 11 EDT. 3 people were in the house, including a teenager, a 6-7 month old baby, and a contractor who was installing a new furnace in the basement. The contractor is in the hospital, transferred from Jefferson to Temple.


I'm curious, does Pennsylvanian have really lax contractor licensing rules?  When this type of thing happens around where I live it is always a do it yourselfer  almost never a licensed contractor.
 
2013-07-29 02:41:40 PM  

rkiller1: FTA: "They threw this baby girl out the window because she was on fire, and the fireman caught the baby"
Hero tag absent this Monday?


Maybe that's an appropriate time to toss the baby.
Assuming the floor was on fire too.
 
2013-07-29 02:46:23 PM  

rkiller1: FTA: "They threw this baby girl out the window because she was on fire, and the fireman caught the baby"
Hero tag absent this Monday?


I am doubting the veracity of that comment, as well as this one:  His son, Mike McGraw Jr., said he saw the buckled buildings and watched firefighters hosing down a man who had been burned.

That must be a new burn treatment method..."Hit 'em with the hose!"
 
2013-07-29 02:47:27 PM  

WelldeadLink: rkiller1: FTA: "They threw this baby girl out the window because she was on fire, and the fireman caught the baby"
Hero tag absent this Monday?

Maybe that's an appropriate time to toss the baby.
Assuming the floor was on fire too.


I was suggesting the fireman's touchdown-style catch was heroic especially if the baby was chucked out on an upper floor, but if the tyke was shoved out a basement window....
 
2013-07-29 02:48:18 PM  

Tom_Slick: phillydrifter: It was just on the news, happened around 11 EDT. 3 people were in the house, including a teenager, a 6-7 month old baby, and a contractor who was installing a new furnace in the basement. The contractor is in the hospital, transferred from Jefferson to Temple.

I'm curious, does Pennsylvanian have really lax contractor licensing rules?  When this type of thing happens around where I live it is always a do it yourselfer  almost never a licensed contractor.


Everything was licensed, according to the news, and all the building permits were up to date. Bystander said they smelled gas after the collapse.
 
2013-07-29 02:48:43 PM  
FTA

A contractor was doing rehab work in a vacant home when it collapsed, Deputy Fire Chief Robert Coyne told reporters. The two adjacent houses are also collapsing, he said.


So apparently PA building inspectors and permit givers are legally retarded
 
2013-07-29 02:50:20 PM  
Do you think that's a bearing wall? Let's find out.
 
2013-07-29 02:50:35 PM  
Here's your problem.

www.patskingofsteaks.com
 
2013-07-29 02:55:11 PM  

Rand's lacy underwear: My first impression of Philly was that even my hometown, widely reputed as a shiathole, didn't have whole blocks with the sides fallen off and gaping open. I'd never seen into a whole side of a building before.


Philadelphia doesn't really bother to collect property taxes if you don't make an effort to pay them, so you get a lot of buildings owned by dead people, people who forgot, or people who plain old don't give a damn with no maintenance, and they never get foreclosed on.
 
2013-07-29 02:55:20 PM  
I blame the Republican Mayor and all the previous republican mayors and city council members who have run Philadelphia for the past 60 years.
 
2013-07-29 02:55:51 PM  
I was just chilling out, maxing, relaxing, all cool and shooting some b-ball outside of the school when all this happened.
 
2013-07-29 02:56:32 PM  

Rand's lacy underwear: My first impression of Philly was that even my hometown, widely reputed as a shiathole, didn't have whole blocks with the sides fallen off and gaping open. I'd never seen into a whole side of a building before.


There were 2.1 million people in Philly in 1950 and now it's more like 1.5M.  That's 600k worth of empty houses so the bad houses / houses in bad neighborhoods are literally worth next to nothing.  That's somewhat of an oversimplification but you'll find a similar problem in most other rust belt cities that had a big population crash.
 
2013-07-29 02:59:23 PM  

o5iiawah: I blame the Republican Mayor and all the previous republican mayors and city council members who have run Philadelphia for the past 60 years.


Not that I doubt the harm republicans can do to safety laws, but is there really a point you can contrast what happened now with, if the city has been republican run for 60 years?
 
2013-07-29 03:00:57 PM  

rkiller1: WelldeadLink: rkiller1: FTA: "They threw this baby girl out the window because she was on fire, and the fireman caught the baby"
Hero tag absent this Monday?

Maybe that's an appropriate time to toss the baby.
Assuming the floor was on fire too.

I was suggesting the fireman's touchdown-style catch was heroic especially if the baby was chucked out on an upper floor, but if the tyke was shoved out a basement window....


The problem is that he ran the remaining ten yards to the end zone and then spiked the baby. So, no hero...
 
2013-07-29 03:01:30 PM  
In other news, don't go to Philly.
 
2013-07-29 03:02:22 PM  
Any clue where this actually was? "South Philly" doesn't really say much.
 
2013-07-29 03:03:08 PM  

rkiller1: WelldeadLink: rkiller1: FTA: "They threw this baby girl out the window because she was on fire, and the fireman caught the baby"
Hero tag absent this Monday?

Maybe that's an appropriate time to toss the baby.
Assuming the floor was on fire too.

I was suggesting the fireman's touchdown-style catch was heroic especially if the baby was chucked out on an upper floor, but if the tyke was shoved out a basement window....


It would have been heroic if he hadn't spiked the baby afterwards.

/the little dance was just tasteless
 
2013-07-29 03:03:10 PM  

CowardlyLion: Any clue where this actually was? "South Philly" doesn't really say much.


Wolf street, they said, on the news.
 
2013-07-29 03:03:34 PM  

sotua: he ran the remaining ten yards to the end zone and then spiked the baby.


Isn't that what OJ did to Ron Goldman?
/Too soon?
 
2013-07-29 03:05:24 PM  

rkiller1: FTA: "They threw this baby girl out the window because she was on fire, and the fireman caught the baby"
Hero tag absent this Monday?


I believe the correct farkism would be to say the Eagles have offered him a million dollar contract.
 
2013-07-29 03:05:32 PM  
Miles of brick rowhouses -- because the London Fire of 1666 mandated no more wooden houses. So Philly, being the second largest city in the British Empire, has all brick. NJ, just a mile away, doesn't do all brick.

Brick hides faults. After an 8 inch rain fall in the hot-wet-freeze-thaw belt what could go wrong.
 
2013-07-29 03:05:38 PM  

TeddyRooseveltsMustache: In other news, don't go to Philly.


It's okay to visit Philly.  Just don't stand inside any buildings.
 
2013-07-29 03:05:48 PM  
"They threw this baby out the window because the girl was on fire, and the fireman had to catch the baby," he said.

did they manage to save the bathwater too?
 
2013-07-29 03:06:01 PM  
 
2013-07-29 03:06:35 PM  
90% sure that's a natural gas explosion. But it could have been an acetylene welding rig.

99% sure the contractor was unlicensed or used faulty equipment.
 
2013-07-29 03:07:01 PM  

ikanreed: o5iiawah: I blame the Republican Mayor and all the previous republican mayors and city council members who have run Philadelphia for the past 60 years.

Not that I doubt the harm republicans can do to safety laws, but is there really a point you can contrast what happened now with, if the city has been republican run for 60 years?


He's being sarcastic.

phillydrifter: CowardlyLion: Any clue where this actually was? "South Philly" doesn't really say much.

Wolf street, they said, on the news.


Approximately here, according to philly.com the house is on the 400 block of Daly Street.
 
2013-07-29 03:09:35 PM  
was it Pete's cheesey steaks
or Pauls'

hate that kid
 
2013-07-29 03:11:07 PM  
Meanwhile, commuter trains continue to misbehave
 
2013-07-29 03:12:43 PM  
Specifically according to the owner name and property records, it appears to be 428 Daly Street.
 
2013-07-29 03:13:46 PM  
June WAS earlier this month, subtard
 
2013-07-29 03:15:32 PM  
Subject verb conjugation collapses. This is a repeat from every day on fark.
 
2013-07-29 03:16:14 PM  

sotua: rkiller1: WelldeadLink: rkiller1: FTA: "They threw this baby girl out the window because she was on fire, and the fireman caught the baby"
Hero tag absent this Monday?

Maybe that's an appropriate time to toss the baby.
Assuming the floor was on fire too.

I was suggesting the fireman's touchdown-style catch was heroic especially if the baby was chucked out on an upper floor, but if the tyke was shoved out a basement window....

The problem is that he ran the remaining ten yards to the end zone and then spiked the baby. So, no hero...


*shakes tiny fist*
 
2013-07-29 03:16:29 PM  

HaywoodJablonski: June WAS earlier this month, subtard


celebritygossipwall.com
Are you speaking Jive?
 
2013-07-29 03:23:16 PM  

darth_badger: Obama drone strike?


No, just another clear cut case of not enough regulation from the federal gov't.
 
2013-07-29 03:24:01 PM  

phillydrifter: Tom_Slick: phillydrifter: It was just on the news, happened around 11 EDT. 3 people were in the house, including a teenager, a 6-7 month old baby, and a contractor who was installing a new furnace in the basement. The contractor is in the hospital, transferred from Jefferson to Temple.

I'm curious, does Pennsylvanian have really lax contractor licensing rules?  When this type of thing happens around where I live it is always a do it yourselfer  almost never a licensed contractor.

Everything was licensed, according to the news, and all the building permits were up to date. Bystander said they smelled gas after the collapse.


Now I really wonder what caused the explosion since the contractor doing the work was doing it by the book he was probably competent.
 
2013-07-29 03:25:07 PM  

rkiller1: FTA: "They threw this baby girl out the window because she was on fire, and the fireman caught the baby"
Hero tag absent this Monday?


As read by Ralph Wiggum.
 
2013-07-29 03:26:10 PM  
I misread that as Philippines. Close enough
 
2013-07-29 03:26:54 PM  

HaywoodJablonski


June WAS earlier this month, subtard


A small part of June occurred less than one month ago. That does not make it "this month". This month is not June. Last month was June. This month is July.
 
2013-07-29 03:27:04 PM  
Rand's lacy underwear:
My first impression of Philly was that even my hometown, widely reputed as a shiathole, didn't have whole blocks with the sides fallen off and gaping open. I'd never seen into a whole side of a building before.

I have - during Hurricane Andrew in South Florida - the cause was "shoddy workmanship"
I am beginning to suspect these events are due to bad work and/or shoddy inspections.
 
2013-07-29 03:27:48 PM  

""I was sitting in the house and I heard a big bang," Mike McGraw told KYW. "The door slammed and the TV went out.""


Gas leak, or a poltergeist?

 
2013-07-29 03:29:46 PM  

Tom_Slick: phillydrifter: Tom_Slick: phillydrifter: It was just on the news, happened around 11 EDT. 3 people were in the house, including a teenager, a 6-7 month old baby, and a contractor who was installing a new furnace in the basement. The contractor is in the hospital, transferred from Jefferson to Temple.

I'm curious, does Pennsylvanian have really lax contractor licensing rules?  When this type of thing happens around where I live it is always a do it yourselfer  almost never a licensed contractor.

Everything was licensed, according to the news, and all the building permits were up to date. Bystander said they smelled gas after the collapse.

Now I really wonder what caused the explosion since the contractor doing the work was doing it by the book he was probably competent.


Regulation isn't a panacea.
 
2013-07-29 03:32:12 PM  

rkiller1: "They threw this baby girl out the window because she was on fire, and the fireman caught the baby"
Hero tag absent this Monday?


Hey, free baby!
 
2013-07-29 03:33:53 PM  

Tom_Slick: Now I really wonder what caused the explosion since the contractor doing the work was doing it by the book he was probably competent.


Just because a contractor is licensed doesn't mean that he's necessarily competent.  Helps a hell of a lot, but not a guarantee.
 
2013-07-29 03:35:35 PM  

Firethorn: Tom_Slick: Now I really wonder what caused the explosion since the contractor doing the work was doing it by the book he was probably competent.

Just because a contractor is licensed doesn't mean that he's necessarily competent.  Helps a hell of a lot, but not a guarantee.


Being licensed generally does require that you have insurance, though.  So even if you screw up, the people who were injured and had damaged property get compensation.
 
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