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Bob,

I find it incredulous that,

1. The collapse was not treated as a crime scene, and,

2. The remaining structure was demolished within 18 hours of the collapse.


*Someone* didn't want an independent investigation.

A. Roger Turk, P.E.(Structural)
Tucson, Arizona

Bob Johnson wrote:

. > From: Bob Johnson,   SEAOI



. > --------------------
. > Permits Probed in Chicago Porch Collapse 
. > --------------------

. > By MAURA KELLY
. > Associated Press Writer

. > June 30, 2003, 2:21 PM CDT

. > CHICAGO -- City officials Monday were investigating whether proper
. > construction permits had been issued for a porch that collapsed, killing 
. > 12 people and injuring at least 57 others. 

. > "At this time, we haven't seen any evidence of criminal activity that will
. > lead us to seek charges," police spokesman David Bayless said. 

. > The collapse happened about 12:30 a.m. Sunday in the city's affluent 
. > Lincoln Park neighborhood at a three-story building that was converted in 
. > 1998 from five apartment units to three. City officials said the 
. > third-floor wooden porch was apparently rebuilt at the same time. 

. > City Building Commissioner Norma Reyes said permits were issued for the
. > conversion work, but no construction permit has been found yet for the 
. > porch. 

. > "We're not sure if they had the proper permit to put up the porch," said
. > Breelyn Pete, spokeswoman for the Buildings Department. 

. > A structural engineer conducted a preliminary examination and determined 
. > that the porch was sound before the collapse, Reyes said Sunday. City
. > officials are investigating whether the porch gave way because it was
. > overloaded. 

. > The collapse has prompted questions about the safety of porches and 
. > whether weight limits should be posted. 

. > As many as 50 people, most of them in their early 20s, were crammed onto 
. > the apartment's third-floor porch for a party when the floor dropped from 
. > under them, sending people and debris crashing to the ground. 

. > Seven men and five women, many of them on the porches directly below, were
. > killed. 

. > The building's owner, who Reyes said was in Canada, and its management 
. > company did not immediately return calls from The Associated Press. 

. > On Monday morning, 12 small, white wooden crosses were placed on the 
. > ground behind the apartment building, each bearing the name of one of the 
. > dead. Several bouquets of pink roses and white and lavender daisies were 
. > on the sidewalk in front of the building. 

. > Northwest of Chicago, eight people were taken to the hospital after a 
. > deck on an apartment in Rockford collapsed Sunday night. Eleven people 
. > were on the deck when the deck gave way with a crack. Copyright (c) 2003, 
. > The Associated Press

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