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Man Who Inspected Philadelphia Building Before Deadly Collapse Commits Suicide

Six people inside a Salvation Army died last week when the structure next door suddenly toppled over.

Posted on June 13, 2013, at 9:22 a.m. ET

On June 5, six died and 14 were injured after a building scheduled to be demolished suddenly collapsed in Center City, Philadelphia.

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Among the dead were two employees and four customers of a neighboring Salvation Army thrift store.

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On Wednesday night, a Department of Licenses and Inspections official who had inspected the building in May was found dead in his truck.

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He had reportedly committed suicide.

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It's not clear if police had been questioning the inspector prior to his suicide.

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Over the weekend, crane operator Sean Benschop was charged with six counts of involuntary manslaughter, 13 counts of recklessly endangering another person, and one count of risking a catastrophe.

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Police said they believe Benschop was high on marijuana at the time of the collapse.

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A lawsuit has also been filed against Griffin T. Campbell, the contractor hired to demolish the building.

On Monday, Philadelphia officials said a grand jury is set to investigate the collapse.

UPDATE: The inspector has been identified.

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