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1 Lawsuit Filed, More Likely After Deadly Building Collapse

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Many questions still remain about what went wrong in Wednesday's deadly building collapse at 22nd and Market streets.

According to records, Griffin Campbell, the contractor responsible for the demolition, has a criminal history. To make matters worse, he also has a record of unpaid taxes.

He did have a construction license and the proper permits from the city.

Local attorney Ken Rothweiler joined Karen Hepp and Thomas Drayton on "Good Day" Friday morning to discuss who could be responsible and what kind of litigation to expect.

Rothweiler's law firm represented a number of families after a partial collapse at a parking garage at the Tropicana Hotel Casino in Atlantic City, N.J., several years ago, and he's already been approached to represent one family in Wednesday's collapse.

According to Rothweiler, federal OSHA guidelines say you have to have an engineering survey before demolition like this, and it doesn't look like one was done in this case.

He also asserts that walls higher than four-stories high need to be braced, and the property owner "potentially hiring people that were unqualified to do the demolition" could be another target for litigation.

The Salvation Army Thrift Shop "should have been closed and never left open," according to Rothweiler.

And the attorney also touched on the fact that this incident wasn't too surprising.

"They knew this was waiting to happen," Rothweiler said of witnesses who speculated about danger before the collapse, including at least one who has posted online correspondence with the city's Department of Licenses and Inspections.

The city, too, has a responsibility for public safety to be inspecting these demolition sites, Rothweiler said.

FOX 29 will keep you updated with the very latest on the investigations into the collapse.

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