Finally Gone, Ground Zero Tower in Focus at Trial

Sunday, 20 Mar 2011 11:59 AM

 

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NEW YORK (AP) — The toxic tower contaminated by debris from the Sept. 11 terror attacks is finally gone. But it will be in the spotlight again at an upcoming trial surrounding the deaths of two firefighters in a 2007 blaze there.

A construction-company foreman and two supervisors are poised to go on trial on manslaughter charges in the August 2007 fire at the former Deutsche (DOY'-chuh) Bank building. The blaze exposed a litany of failures by a company and government agencies involved in taking down the building. The process ended last month.

Prosecutors say the men knew about, didn't fix and covered up a major break in a crucial firefighting water pipe, and the lack of water turned the building into a death trap. The men say they're being faulted for regulators' mistakes.

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