Saturday, November 8, 2014

Bristol demolishes house where partial collapse injured man

Posted: Thursday, November 6, 2014
A 58-year-old Newtown man remains hospitalized after he plunged two stories and was buried under debris following a partial building collapse at a fire-damaged historic Bristol house.
The circa-1875 Radcliffe Street house, with a red brick and brownstone exterior, was torn down early Thursday after borough engineers determined it to be structurally unsound, police Chief Arnold Porter said.
The 100 block of Mulberry Street remains closed to traffic, but the 300 block of Radcliffe Street between Walnut and Market reopened Thursday morning, Porter said. A resident in a home next door, who was briefly evacuated, was allowed back into that structure, he added.
Meny Moore, a co-owner of the property at 301-303 Radcliffe St., was standing on top of an overhang that faced Mulberry Street when it collapsed around 10 a.m. Wednesday.
Moore was rushed to Lower Bucks Hospital in Bristol Township and then airlifted to Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, where he remains, Porter said. No other buildings were damaged and no other injuries were reported, he added.
It’s unknown when borough building and code officers last inspected the property.
The three-story building, which had previously housed apartments, has been vacant since an October 2010 arson fire left it heavily damaged and uninhabitable.
Moore and Shimon Guy, of Delaware County, bought the property for $130,000 in October 2013 from borough council President Ralph DiGuiseppe, according to county property records.
They planned to renovate it into two townhouses, according to borough records, which list Moore as the project’s principal contractor. Moore was issued a construction permit last week to begin work on the roof of the building, according to property records.

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