Philly inspector kills self after deadly collapse

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A veteran Philadelphia building inspector who apparently committed suicide had inspected the site of a deadly building collapse twice in February, and an adjacent, related project in mid-May.

The June 5 collapse killed six people when a four-story building tumbled onto a small thrift shop.

The demolition site consisted of three attached buildings.

Records show that Ronald Wagenhoffer inspected the site before work began on Feb. 12 and again on Feb. 25, after it was underway.

He returned to the strip of attached storefronts on May 14 after a citizen complained about the demolition being conducted at the building next door to the one that collapsed. Wagenhoffer found the complaint unfounded.

Mayor Michael Nutter calls the 52-year-old Wagenhoffer the seventh victim of the tragedy, and says his death “astounding” and “painful.”

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