Thursday, August 27, 2009

Lightning and Cash-Strapped Developers

The 19th Century Garrett-Dunn House designed by Thomas Ustick Walter in the West Mount Airy section of Philadelphia succumbed to a fire apparently caused by lightning.

Intended to be renovated as a condominium complex, prospects have soured, and when the owner of a property bleeding cash turns out to be John Capoferri who was arrested this year on a number of charges ranging from forgery to terroristic threats, one can't help but question the validity of the claim. Lightning? Really? Is it a stretch to add arson to the list of offenses?

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