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Owner says welding company wasn't working in Back Bay

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MALDEN, Mass. (WHDH) - The owner of a welding business blamed for a deadly fire in the Back Bay says it was not his fault.

D&J Ironworks and owner Giuseppe Falcone are facing a lawsuits for the fire that killed two firefighters in March.

The owner of the Malden welding company told the Boston Herald he is not responsible for the actions of those accused of starting the fire.

According to the paper, the 53-year-old owner denies his company was doing welding work behind the Beacon Street brownstone that caught fire and that's why he never requested a permit from the city.

Falcone is facing a multimillion dollar lawsuit, charged with negligence in the case.

Investigators say sparks from welding work started the fire that quickly spread through the beacon street building.

Firefighters battled the flames for hours and it caused an estimated $4.2-million dollars in damage.

Boston Fire Lt. Ed Walsh and Firefighter Michael Kennedy were killed in the fire when they became trapped in the basement of the brownstone.

Falcone's lawyer is asking for the complaint against his client to be dismissed.
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