PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Authorities are investigating how a metal security grate detached and fell from the facade of an Italian ice shop, killing a 3-year-old girl.
Police and witnesses said the girl was at the Rita's Water Ice store in north Philadelphia where a fundraiser for a sorority and fraternity was underway Saturday when she was killed around 4:30 p.m.
Officials with the Department of Licenses and Inspections were investigating how the grate fell.
The department says that there were no open violations at the store and no reported problems with the security door. L&I says that the department only inspects security grates if they receive a complaint.
Neighbor Alison Brady told The Philadelphia Inquirer that stucco work had recently been done on the shop.