New York News

Closings continue in NYC toxic tower fire trial

Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Firefighters Robert Beddia and Joseph Graffagnino died on August 18, 2007.

Firefighters Robert Beddia and Joseph Graffagnino died on August 18, 2007.

Prosecutors are telling jurors that although there were regulatory shortcomings, three construction company supervisors' actions are to blame for two firefighters' deaths at a condemned ground zero building.

Prosecutors began their summation Wednesday in the manslaughter trial stemming from the August 2007 fire at the former Deutsche (DOY-cha) Bank building in New York. The building was contaminated with toxic debris in the Sept. 11 attacks. It was being torn down when a fire ripped through nine stories in August 2007.

Mitchel Alvo, Salvatore DePaola and Jeffrey Melofchik are charged with manslaughter. Prosecutors say they knew a crucial firefighting water pipe had broken months before, didn't fix it and even took steps to conceal it.

Related Content

The men say they didn't realize the pipe's importance. They say other hazards and regulatory oversights fed the fire.

(Copyright ©2014 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Get more New York News »


Tags:
new york city, deutsche bank building fire, deadly fire, fire, new york news
blog comments powered by Disqus
Advertisement