$25,000 for Chief Kruger’s Widow.
A verdict for $25,000 has been obtained by the widow of Deputy Chief Charles C. Kruger, of the New York Fire Department, for his death, which was caused by a fall through a well hole from the cellar to the sub-cellar of 215 Canal street on February 14, 1906. The case was tried before Justice Gavegan and a jury in the Supreme Court. Mrs. Kruger sued Edward Dehnert under the section of the charter requiring tenants of buildings to see that well holes are covered at night. The Canal street building was occupied by Dehnert, a furniture dealer. A fire started at 2 o’clock in the morning. Kruger led his men into the cellar, and in the darkness fell into the sub-cellar, which was half full of water. He was drowned. Mrs. Kruger’s counsel, Charles P. Caldwell, contended that Dehnert had violated the city ordinance requiring well holes to be covered. No defense was put in.