Department of Licenses and Inspections
The Kensington warehouse blaze earlier this month that claimed the lives of two Philadelphia firefighters is still having a ripple effect through city government.
The city’s Department of Licenses and Inspections has filed three new citations on a property at 726 Market Street owned by the Lichtenstein brothers of Brooklyn, NY, who also own the building where two firefighters were killed last week in a huge blaze.
The mayor says he knows the owners of the building in which two firefighters died this month had received three violation notices and never responded.
The Thomas Buck building, where the fire that killed two firefighters on Monday started, is just one of about 25,000 vacant properties in Philadelphia that create safety hazards in neighborhoods.
The fire marshal is probing what started the fire, and aides to the mayor are looking at other properties in the city held by the warehouse owners.
The city of Philadelphia has announced new initiatives to fight blight. Mayor Michael Nutter held a press conference in Port Richmond Monday afternoon to put all Philadelphia property owners on notice.
Fran Burns, the commissioner of Licenses and Inspections, says there are complex regulations in the city’s construction code regarding potential earthquakes.