Boston's Deadly Fire Caused By Welders Who Fled, Officials Say

Donnelly said that he will study New York's criminally negligent homicide statute that was used in 2009 when a Bronx landlord was found guilty of criminally negligent homicide in the deaths of two firefighters forced to jump to their deaths because the landlord had created a labyrinth of illegal, windowless rooms for rent that gave the firefighters no way to escape.

Construction companies connected to the erection of the Deutsch Bank building near Ground Zero in lower Manhattan were also charged with criminally negligent homicide when two firefighters died and 100 others were injured battling a blaze in 2007 in what prosecutors called “a death trap” created by shoddy, cost-cutting work. The company reached a deal with prosecutors which resulted in a fine, but not prosecution.

Ed Kelly president of the Professional Association of Firefighters, told ABC News that the unions representing firefighters in Massachusetts, and Boston firefighters in Local 118, said that they support legislation that would hold any company that creates a danger for its members criminally responsible.

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