Lessons Learned from 130 Liberty
August 27th, 2007

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is expected to announce today that smoking was the likely cause of a fire that killed two firefighters at the Deutsche Bank building on August 18.

That announcement should follow another Deutsche-related revelation from the Fire Department today: Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta demoted several fire officials in response to media accounts that revealed inspections supposed to be conducted every 15 days at a building in the process of demolition hadnt been done in nearly a year at 130 Liberty Street.

Work has reportedly resumed at the site, which was flagged last week and shut down after another construction accident, which injured several other firefighters.

This week in the Gotham Gazette, we have Community Board 1 Leaders Julie Menin and Catherine McVay Hughes respond to the events leading up to the fire and where the community would like the project to go from here. In another commentary on the Deutsche Bank fire, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer calls for a communication plan that would prevent confusion and catastrophe during similar emergencies.

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