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Company, Worker Acquitted of Manslaughter in Fatal Deutsche Bank Fire

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Demolition at the Deutsche Bank building in lower Manhattan. Demolition at the Deutsche Bank building in lower Manhattan. (Steven Ehrlich)

A third construction worker and a company have been acquitted of manslaughter in connection with a deadly blaze at the former Deutsche Bank building in Lower Manhattan that killed two firefighters in 2007.

The judge acquitted toxin-cleanup director Mitchel Alvo of all charges and found the construction company, John Galt Corporation, guilty of second-degree reckless endangerment, which is a misdemeanor.

Jurors had acquitted two other construction-company supervisors of manslaughter charges last week. The workers were accused of removing a standpipe while the contaminated building near the World Trade Center site was being dismantled.

The inferno in August 2007 killed firefighters Robert Beddia and Joseph Graffagnino and prompted city agencies to admit mistakes in the way they supervised the dismantling of the tower after the September 11, 2001, attacks.

The incident has led to new safety regulations.

With the Associated Press

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