Jury selected in civil trial of fatal 2013 building collapse

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Posted: Sep 15, 2016 1:25 AM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Opening statements are scheduled to begin next week in a trial to determine who should pay the victims of a deadly 2013 building collapse in Philadelphia.

A spokesman for the city's courts told The Philadelphia Inquirer (http://bit.ly/2cbRbCn ) on Wednesday that jury selection has been completed.

The trial is set to begin on Monday and is expected to last months.

The consolidated lawsuits were filed on behalf of the six people killed and 13 hurt when an unbraced four-story brick wall collapsed on an adjacent Salvation Army thrift store.

The plaintiffs are suing a New York real estate speculator, the Salvation Army, an architect, a demolition contractor and the man hired to use his excavator to expedite demolition.

Damages are possible if jurors find negligence by any defendant factored into the collapse.

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Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.inquirer.com