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Fox 29 Gets Results For North Philadelphia Resident Fed Up With Partially Collapsed Garage

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Fox 29 got quick results in North Philadelphia where neighbors say a partially collapsed was an accident waiting to happen.

Residents turned to Fox 29's Bruce Gordon for help.

The Department of Licensing and Inspections is working hard these days to improve customer service and frankly improve its own image.

Well, we saw that first hand on Monday, when Fox 29 went to bat for a mom tired and frankly frightened of living in the shadow of a partially collapsed garage.

Christina Taylor sent an email to Fox 29 saying the ruins of the half demolished structure at 22nd and Seabert Street was an accident waiting to happen.

“Once it starting getting warm, the kids started coming up, and they would climb the fence to get their toys out the hole,” said. Taylor

According to Taylor, it’s been like this since November of 2012, then just about two months ago, things got even worse.

“Myself and a few of my neighbors just heard a big boom, and everybody came out to find out what it was, and it was the wall,” she said.

"I contacted L & I , and never received an e-mail back," said Taylor.

So, Fox 29 called The Department of License and Inspections and within minutes their Director of Emergency Services was on the scene.

Director of L & I Emergency Services Scott Muldeig says the property owner is responsible for the mess, but given the eminent danger that was found.

“The city will have to step in and finish demolition and make the property safe,” said Muldeig

Demolition contractors were called to the scene to bid the work right on the sidewalk, and just about an hour later, demolition was underway.

The building will be knocked down, the foundation filled in, and the area safely fenced off.

“Very happy. All it took was an e-mail, and you guys were right here and one day it's all done,” said. Taylor.

It should be a pretty quick job, a couple of days at most to get things cleaned up, and just so you know, the city has every expectation of billing the property owner at the corner lot for the cleanup.

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