Philadelphia, February 3, 2014– On behalf of the Nutter Administration, Chief of Staff and Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Everett Gillison issued the following statement regarding the grand jury report released today on the fatal fire that occurred in a vacant warehouse in the Kensington neighborhood on April 9, 2012:
“The Administration is in receipt of the very detailed grand jury report released today by the Office of District Attorney Seth Williams. We thank the grand jury for its lengthy review and hard work. Administration officials will carefully review the report and respond further in the days to come.
“For the past six years, the Administration has been committed to the continuous improvement of service delivery by City departments, none more so than in the area of public safety. The grand jury report provides a detailed list of legislative and procedural recommendations to further improve safety, and the Administration will carefully consider all of them.
“In connection with these recommendations, the Administration has already named a Special Independent Commission to review the Department of Licenses & Inspections (L&I) practices, policies and procedures with recommendations expected in June 2014. And recently the Philadelphia Fire Department and L&I began regular meetings to identify and address dangerous building conditions, including the use of clean & seal where trespass is an issue.”