Defendants Set Up Illegal Gas Delivery System, Causing Deadly Explosion and Fire
“The seven-alarm fire that killed two people and engulfed three buildings in March 2015 was caused by a foreseeable, preventable, and completely avoidable gas explosion,” said District Attorney Vance. “Development, construction, and renovation is happening across the City at breakneck speed. In this market, the temptation for property owners, contractors, and managers to take dangerous—and, in some instances, deadly—shortcuts has never been greater. As alleged in the indictment, the defendants created a deadly inferno fueled by an illegal gas delivery system installed at 121 Second Avenue, leading to the loss of two young lives, and leaving more than a dozen others with serious, permanent injuries. Today’s case demonstrates the outstanding coordination between the NYPD, FDNY, DOI, and DOB on this investigation, and I thank our partners for their commitment to ensuring the public safety of City residents and visitors.”
“These defendants unnecessarily put a number of people in a highly dangerous situation, one that ultimately proved deadly and which jeopardized the lives of countless others, including first-responders,” said Police Commissioner Bratton. “I want to commend both the emergency personnel who answered the call-for-duty on that day, as well as the investigators and prosecutors who worked diligently over a long period in developing this case.”
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