The owner of a welding company being sued over a fire in Boston that killed two firefighters denied Monday in court papers that he was working next door at the time of the blaze and said the damages “were caused by others.”
A lawyer for Giuseppe Falcone made those arguments in a court filing in Suffolk Superior Court in Boston, where Falcone and his company, D & J Iron Works Inc., are being sued in the March 26 fire at 298 Beacon St.
The blaze claimed the lives of Boston firefighter Michael Kennedy and fire Lieutenant Edward Walsh. Authorities have said the nine-alarm inferno was ignited by sparks from welders working on an iron handrail at the building next door, at 296 Beacon St.
The plaintiff in the lawsuit, Herbert S. Lerman, is executor of the estate that owns the 298 Beacon St. building, where the fire occurred. In addition to Falcone and D & J Iron Works, Lerman is suing Oliver Realty Inc., the company that manages the building at 296 Beacon St.
According to court records, D & J Iron Works failed to obtain a city permit for work on a railing at 296 Beacon St. Applying for a permit would have required the welders to have outside supervision to ensure the work was done safely.
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