The Manhattan district attorney, Robert M. Morgenthau, announced manslaughter charges on Monday against three construction supervisors and a subcontractor, saying their gross negligence in dismantling the former Deutsche Bank building played a critical role in the deaths of two firefighters who responded to a smoky blaze there in 2007.
building’s sprinkler system had been dismantled and fire exits were sealed off
as part of the demolition and asbestos abatement. It was later learned that a
standpipe, designed to carry water to the building’s upper floors during a
fire, had also been dismantled and that cheap, non-fire-retardant plywood had
been used in the deconstruction.
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