Judge: Don't Touch Philly Collapse Site

Women injured in the incident want to sue
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 7, 2013 1:41 PM CDT
A firefighter walks through the aftermath of a building collapse Thursday in Philadelphia.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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(Newser) – A Philadelphia judge has ordered the site of this week's horrific building collapse preserved, so that experts can comb it for evidence. And the city should keep any debris removed from the site available for inspection as well, the judge said. The order comes in response to an emergency plea from lawyers for two injured women who have filed lawsuits over the incident, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. (For more on the women's stories, click here.)

Of course, the rubble might also be necessary should a criminal case be filed. There was evidence yesterday that an investigation was in the works, according to the AP, which reports that the chief of the DA's homicide unit and another veteran homicide prosecutor were spotted at the scene. The suspicion makes sense, given the checkered past of the building's demolition contractor. (Read more Philadelphia stories.)

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