Tuesday, August 21, 2007


The Fire This Time

Two more names to the roster of firefighters who lost their lives because of 9/11. New York continues to mourn Robert Beddia and Joseph Graffagnino who died Saturday responding to a fire in the set-for-demolition Deutsche Bank building at Ground Zero. The duo basically suffocated as they ran out of air in a building that had been insulated in polyurethane after it was deemed unuseable -- and a condemned health hazard after being covered with debris from the collapsing Twin Towers.

Tactical questions on this tragedy center around why the ground standpipe had no water pressure.

However, there may be even greater anger over the broad policy fiasco that led to this building still standing six years after 9/11. The Post's story on the contractors issue. Our editorial looks at both tactics and policy. My colleague Steve Cuozzo weighs in. The Daily News has some of the audio from inside the building.

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