Owner of charred Back Bay building sues welding company - 7News Boston WHDH-TV

Owner of charred Back Bay building sues welding company

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The estate that owns 298 Beacon St. is suing the owner of the neighboring building and a welding company for alleged negligence that lead to the tragic fire in March.

Firefighter Michael Kennedy and Lt. Ed Walsh were both killed in the basement of 298 Beacon while fighting the blaze.

Police believe a spark from welders working at 296 Beacon St. is the cause of the 9-alarm fire.

The defendants named in the lawsuits are D & J Ironworks, the company working at 296 Beacon that day, Giuseppe Falcone, the company’s owner, and Oliver Realty Inc., the owner of 296 Beacon.

The lawsuit alleges all three were negligent by failing to obtain a permit from the City of Boston, failing to have a firefighter or fire watcher present and failing to take measures to extinguish the fire.

Neighbors say the welding company took down their signs and all work appears to have ceased after the fire.

“Since the thing happened, they’ve disappeared. They were busy, there were like 8 or 10 guys working in there,” Bob Wyeth said.

7News was unable to reach the defendants for comment but in one motion Falcone’s attorney said he hopes people don't rush to judgement while the case is being investigated and that everyone's thoughts and prayers are with the families of the two men killed.

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