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Philadelphia Treasurer Winkler’s Daughter Dies as Building Falls

June 07, 2013

Philadelphia Treasurer Nancy Winkler’s daughter, Anne Bryan, was among the six people who died when a building collapsed in the city, according to the mayor’s office.

Part of the structure undergoing demolition suddenly fell and crushed a Salvation Army thrift store next door on June 5, leaving 13 injured. Bryan’s relationship to Winkler was confirmed by Mark McDonald, a spokesman for Mayor Michael Nutter.

Bryan’s family issued a statement yesterday through the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where she was a first-year student.

“Yesterday, our family suffered a devastating loss when our daughter, Anne Bryan, was taken from us,” said the family statement. “Anne was a brilliant and caring young woman just entering the prime of her life. She was an incredibly kind and loving person and her death has left a hole in the hearts of all who knew her.”

Bryan was 24, said Heike Rass, an academy spokeswoman. The Philadelphia-based school is planning a memorial service for her at a later date, according to the statement from David R. Brigham, the academy’s president and chief executive officer.

Bryan was a 2007 graduate of the William Penn Charter School, according to Sharon Sexton, a spokeswoman for the Quaker institution in the East Falls section of the city.

Dead Identified

“I ask all Philadelphians to remember those who perished and their families in their prayers and thoughts,” Nutter said yesterday in a statement. It listed the others who died as Kimberly Finnegan, Davis Borbor, Juanita Harmin, Mary Simpson and Roseline Conteh, without any other information about them.

Winkler, 55, was appointed by Nutter in 2011. She had worked for more than 28 years at Public Financial Management, a municipal-finance unit of Philadelphia-based PFM Group. She was a managing director before moving to City Hall.

The cause of the collapse is being probed, Nutter said.

“We will fully investigate this tragedy and get to the bottom of what happened, how, when and why,” the mayor said. “We will determine further actions that must be taken to prevent such tragedies in the future.”

The four-story building at 22nd and Market streets collapsed at about 10:45 a.m., according to Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers.

The structure’s owner, STB Investment Corp., got a demolition permit in February, listing the primary contractor as Griffin Campbell Construction of Philadelphia. Documents released by the city show that the 14,552-square-foot (1,350-square-meter) structure was to be completely removed.

No “open violations” were reported for the address.

At least one lawsuit against the demolition company and the building owner, identified as Richard Basciano by the Associated Press, has been filed, the news service said late yesterday. It said the suit was brought by Robert Mongelluzi, a lawyer, on behalf of Nadine White, who was among the survivors.

To contact the reporter on this story: Romy Varghese in Philadelphia at rvarghese8@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Stephen Merelman at smerelman@bloomberg.net


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