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Chicago to Fire Building Inspector

June 7, 2005

CHICAGO (AP) _ A city building inspector will be fired for falsifying information in a report Monday about a building where a 9-year-old girl plunged three floors to her death after a porch railing gave way, city officials said.

Peter Scales, a spokesman for Chicago’s Department of Buildings, said inspector Charles Walker falsely said he had performed a complete inspection and identified the railing as unsafe the day before Tiara Woods died.

Walker admitted under questioning that he never examined the porch’s railing when he was in the apartment building Friday responding to a complaint about an unrelated problem, Scales said.

City building inspections have been under closer scrutiny after a 2003 porch collapse killed 13 people and injured nearly 60 others.

``I can only assume that Walker panicked on Monday after hearing that a young girl had fallen off this porch and died, and that he filled out a false inspection report as a result,″ Commissioner Stan Kaderbek said.

A public telephone listing for Walker could not be found.

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