Owner of Boston Building Sues Welding Company in Fatal Fire

The owner of the building where a nine-alarm fire killed two Boston firefighters last month is suing the welding company that was blamed for sparking the fire, reports wcvb.com (http://bit.ly/1iHvxke).

The suit, filed by Herbert Lerman, executor of the estate of Michael J. Callahan that owns 298 Beacon St., targets the owners of 296 Beacon St., Oliver Realty LP; welding company D & J Iron Works of Malden; and company owner Guiseppe Falcone.

“Lerman is informed and believes that neither Oliver Realty LP nor D & J nor Falcone requested a permit from the City of Boston to perform the welding work,” the suit states. “Lerman is informed and believes that neither Oliver Realty LP nor D & J nor Falcone had a firefighter or ‘fire watcher’ present at the site, maintained a fire extinguisher at the site, or placed a fire resistant shield or guard to prevent ignition of combustible construction materials.”

Boston Fire Lt. Edward Walsh and firefighter Michael Kennedy died in the wind-driven March 26 fire.

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