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2nd suit planned in Philly building collapse



Published: Fri, September 13, 2013 @ 12:50 p.m.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Relatives of a mother of eight who was killed in a deadly building demolition while shopping for clothes in a Philadelphia thrift store are bringing the second wrongful-death suit in the collapse that claimed six lives.

Roseline Conteh, 52, an immigrant from Sierra Leone who worked as a nursing assistant, was among the victims when a four-story building tumbled onto the Salvation Army store in June.

The suit posted on Philly.com alleges “negligence, carelessness, recklessness” and “conscience-shocking behavior” on the part of the defendants. It says there were ample warning of structural problems and other issues that could hinder the demolition and that should have prevented the collapse that killed Conteh, who was shopping for clothes for friends and family.

Messages left for those named in the suit — including the Salvation Army, the building owner, the demolition firm and the excavator operator — weren’t immediately returned.

Last week, a wrongful-death suit was filed by the family of an arts school graduate killed along with her childhood friend as they were dropping off clothes and shopping at the thrift store.


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