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Debate Over Responsibility for Building in Deadly Philadelphia Fire

As funeral arrangements were being made Tuesday for the Philadelphia firefighters killed in a five-alarm fire, questions remained about whether the city or the building's owners were responsible for the dilapidated condition of the vacant mill building that collapsed. Residents who complained about the condition of the building said the city at first ignored their warnings of unsafe conditions and vagrants breaking in, and then acted too slowly, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer (http://bit.ly/HrEYQl). The city blames the building owners, a Brooklyn family that owes hundreds of thousands of dollars in back taxes on numerous properties. The owners have yet to comment. The city is con...

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