Survivor of building collapse files lawsuit

Building collapse at 22nd and Market streets. in Philadelphia. Credit: Metro
Building collapse at 22nd and Market streets. in Philadelphia. Credit: Metro

Lawyers for Nadine White, who worked at the Salvation Army thrift store, filed a lawsuit today for distress she said she suffered during Wednesday’s building collapse.

White, 54, a mother of three from South Philadelphia, was buried under rubble for about 15 minutes before she was rescued by a firefighter. She worked at the store for about 8 months.

The building owner, Richard Basciano, and his company STB INvestments Corp. are listed as defendants. As is Griffin T. Campbell and his construction company, Griffin Campbell Construction.

White is seeking more than $50,000 in damages for physical and emotional distress.

White’s attorney, Robert Mongeluzzi, filed a motion simultaneously to have parts of the scene preserved for evidence.

“There are rules that people are supposed to follow,” Mongeluzzi said of the demolition. “And they are not regional or city, but national. … And it’s clear those rules were not followed.”

He would not say whether more survivors or victim’s families could be added to the lawsuit in the future.



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