Fire Escape Collapse
Philadelphia lawmakers are looking at forcing landlords in the city, for the first time, to conduct regular inspections of fire escapes.
Just hours after Philadelphia’s City Council announced its intention to look into fire escape safety, a civil suit has been filed in court against the landlord of a building where one person fell to his death earlier this month.
Darryl Zaslow of HAPCO, a group representing rental property owners, says all too often younger renters use fire escapes to smoke or to hang out, and potentially overload it.
CBS’s Syma Chowdhry confronts a man whose family owns the building where the tragic events unfolded.
A spokeswoman for the Philadelphia Department of L&I says the firm that owns the building at 2145 Locust Street has been cited for allowing an unsafe condition at the building.
Currently, owners of rental properties must apply for an annual rental license but are not required to submit proof that the fire escape has been inspected.
Police say a several people were hanging outside on the fire escape when it gave way and sent them plummeting about 40 feet to the ground.