Radio Dispatches Heard in Deutsche Bank Fire Trial

NY 1 - April 20, 2011

Jurors in the manslaughter trial of three construction supervisors listened Monday to radio dispatches from firefighters responding to the fire at the former Deutsche Bank building.

In the recordings, the men asked for saws to cut through plywood that blocked stairwells. They are later heard calling for help after they were unable to get access to water.

The recordings back up the prosecution's claims that a disconnected standpipe hampered firefighting efforts.

Defense attorneys say it was not the cut standpipe, but other factors in the building that led to the deaths of two firefighters.

They argue failures by government agencies are to blame.

Firefighters Robert Beddia and Joseph Graffagnino were killed in the August 2007 fire.