First Lawsuit Filed in Deadly Philly Building Collapse

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A lawyer has filed the first lawsuit on behalf of a survivor of a Philadelphia building collapse that killed six people and injured 13.

Attorney Robert Mongelluzi is suing the four-story building's owner and a demolition contractor who was tearing it down when it collapsed onto a thrift store Wednesday. The lawsuit seeks unspecified financial damages.

Mongelluzi represents Nadine White, who was buried in the rubble but survived.

He says contractor Griffin Campbell violated a number of federal safety regulations and showed blatant disregard for human life. He says building owner Richard Basciano was "grossly negligent" in picking Campbell to do the work.

Messages left for Basciano and his local agent after business hours Thursday haven't been returned.

Campbell's voicemail is full. His daughter says he's devastated and mourning those who died.


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