Investigation Of Explosion And Collapse Heats Up - FOX 29 News Philadelphia | WTXF-TV

Investigation Of Explosion And Collapse Heats Up

Posted: Updated:
PHILADELPHIA -

As residents on Daly Street tried to come to grips with the impact of Monday's explosion and collapse, they were glad to hear that the investigation into what set off that blast has moved into high gear.

"I want the investigators to get to the bottom of it, because we need to make sure this never happens again," Daly Street resident Diane Schaeffer told Fox 29.

At South Detectives today, contractors who worked at the home that exploded and inspectors from the Department of Licenses and Inspections came and went, speaking with investigators.

"We need to make sure that someone was actually doing their job properly, when they were coming out to inspect a house that was being worked on," Schaeffer, who is organizing a fundraiser for victims of the blast, said.

Fox 29 has obtained the L and I permits for the renovations at 428 Daly Street where the explosion occurred. Those documents show the final inspection and approvals at the home were completed Friday. The last inspection on the plumbing was completed last Thursday.

"Whose ever fault it is, I would like them to be held responsible," Schaeffer said.

Investigators are focusing on the gas connection to the home. The gas meter was removed Tuesday. Sources say authorities are trying to determine if gas from a broken pipe filled the home after a contractor tried to ignite the pilot light on the hot water heater an hour before the blast.

Police came to interview that contractor at Temple Hospital Wednesday afternoon, where he's now listed in fair condition with severe burns.

"By the grace of God, nobody was killed. Don't ask me how that happened, but by the grace of God nobody was killed."  

Interestingly, the final notations on the L and I inspections at the home that blew up were entered into the L and I computer system just 54 minutes before the explosion Monday morning.

L and I says it is not responsible to inspect appliances and the hot water heater to see if they are working or if gas is flowing to them.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Girl Hopes To Take Team To Little League World Series

    Girl Hopes To Take Team To Little League World Series

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:06 PM EDT2014-07-30 23:06:05 GMT
    A group of little leaguers from the city have already conquered the state, now they're setting their sights on getting to the Little League World Series.
    A group of little leaguers from the city have already conquered the state, now they're setting their sights on getting to the Little League World Series.

  • Man Hospitalized After Police-Involved Shooting In North Philadelphia

    Man Hospitalized After Police-Involved Shooting In North Philadelphia

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:04 PM EDT2014-07-30 23:04:48 GMT
    SkyFOX is over the 3200 block of Page Street where Philadelphia Police say they shot a suspect.SkyFOX is over the 3200 block of Page Street where Philadelphia Police say they shot a suspect.
    SkyFOX is over the 3200 block of Page Street where Philadelphia Police say they shot a suspect.
    SkyFOX is over the 3200 block of Page Street where Philadelphia Police say they shot a suspect.
  • New Jersey Man Accused Of Killing Girlfriend Appears In Court

    New Jersey Man Accused Of Killing Girlfriend Appears In Court

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 5:22 PM EDT2014-07-30 21:22:24 GMT
    A man accused of killing his girlfriend and then dumping her body along a roadside in New Jersey appeared in court on Wednesday.U.S. Marshals picked up 52-year old Kevin Ambrose a few days ago.
    A man accused of killing his girlfriend and then dumping her body along a roadside in New Jersey appeared in court on Wednesday.U.S. Marshals picked up 52-year old Kevin Ambrose a few days ago.
Powered by WorldNow

WTXF-TV
330 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-2796

Phone: (215) 925-2929
Fax: (215) 982-5494

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices