Firefighters Union Sues City, Says Dispatch Error Delayed FDNY Response to Fatal Bronx Fire

NY Daily News - December 18, 2010

by Kevin Deutsch

The firefighters union is taking the city to court to try to obtain records it says will reveal a disturbing dispatch error during a deadly November blaze in the Bronx.

Stephen Cassidy, president of the Uniformed Firefighters Association, wants the FDNY and NYPD to hand over recordings and logs that supposedly show units were initially sent to the wrong address.

"Civilian lives were put in jeopardy," Cassidy said in his request, adding that he believed the city would destroy the records without a judge's intervention.

He claimed FDNY units were sent to 13 E. 169th St. instead of the burning building at 131 E. 169th St - which the city denies.

"The caller to 911 provided a wrong address, but the job was dispatched correctly," an FDNY spokesman said.

Firefighters reached the body of beloved barber Juan Marte, 48, roughly five minutes after the initial 911 call, but he could not be saved.