City to Study It's Response to the Blackout

WCBS 880 - August 18, 2003

(New York-AP) -- Mayor Michael Bloomberg says a task force would study the city's emergency response during the blackout. Mayor Bloomberg says the city did a great job in meeting the crisis despite some limited disruptions in the 911 dispatch system.

Bloomberg says the city would investigate three interruptions in communication between dispatchers and emergency personnel that occurred in the initial hours of the blackout. Problems with the system's telephone service provider caused the disruptions.

Authorities reported five deaths related to the blackout. A six-year-old boy died in a fire he accidentally set Friday morning with a cigarette lighter at his home in Bushwick.

A 17-year-old boy fell to his death from a roof after trying to break into a shoe store in Brooklyn, and a 72-year-old man died Friday in a fire set by a burning candle in his apartment building.

Another two people appeared to have succumbed to carbon monoxide fumes from a gas generator aboard the boat they had been sleeping in overnight Thursday.