Charges Expected in Ground Zero Fire

Monday, December 22, 2008

Three construction supervisors and a subcontractor have been indicted in the 2007 death of two firefighters at a skyscraper at Ground Xero.

A person familiar with the investigation says manslaughter or criminally negligent homicide are among the charges. The individual spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation had not been announced.

The person says the indictment does not charge New York City or any government officials for their role in the blaze.

The individual says the defendants include two senior officials at subcontractor John Galt. Corp. and a manager with general contractor Bovis Lend Lease. The Galt company is also being charged.

Firefighters Robert Beddia and Joseph Graffagnino were found dead of smoke inhalation in the former Deutsche Bank tower, a building heavily damaged in the September 11 attacks. The tragedy exposed a series of failures at the project, including no standpipe to supply water to the upper floors.


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