Permit problems cited in SF house collapse

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A newspaper reports that renovation work on a San Francisco home that collapsed and slid down a hill late last year did not follow approved permits.

The San Francisco Chronicle ( ) cites a Department of Building Inspection report that says the work on the steep site in the Twin Peaks neighborhood appears to have been "dramatically different" than was originally planned.

The agency says the house was being supported by three reinforcing towers, rather than the nine required under its permits.

The home belongs to 67-year-old Mel Murphy, a developer who once served as president of the city's Building Inspection Commission. Murphy was appointed last year to the influential Port Commission.

He disputes some of the report's findings, including the assertion that the work was not independently inspected as required.


Information from: San Francisco Chronicle,