Saturday, June 30, 2012

Father/Son Landlords Face Manslaughter Charges After Fatal Fire In Illegal Carved-Up Bldg Claims Five; Blaze Allegedly Set By Drunk Guest Of A Tenant

In Brooklyn, New York, the New York Post reports:

  • A father-and-son team that owned an illegally carved-up building in which five Guatemalan immigrants died in a fire have been charged with manslaughter, Brooklyn prosecutors said [].

  • Vasilio Gerazounis, 68, and his son, Argyrios, 37, pleaded not guilty to charges tied to the January 2010 blaze. Daniel Ignacio, a guest of one of the doomed tenants, faces second-degree murder charges for allegedly setting the fire in a first-floor stairwell while drunk.

  • But DA Charles Hynes said, “The landlords share in the responsibility.”

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