Owner of Company Blamed in Back Bay Fire Denies Responsibility

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Firefighters battled the nine-alarm blaze in the Back Bay on March 26.

The owner of D & J Iron Works, the Malden welding company blamed for sparking the fire that killed two firefighters responding to a nine-alarm blaze in the Back Bay, says that he and his company are not responsible for the fire, according to a new report.

The fire claimed the lives of Lieutenant Edward J. Walsh Jr., 43, of West Roxbury and Michael R. Kennedy, 33, of Hyde Park. Several others were injured in the blaze.

The Boston Herald reported that the owner, Giuseppe Falcone, filed a seven-page response to the lawsuit filed against him by the building’s owner.

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Giuseppe Falcone, 53, of Revere, states the estimated $4.2 million in damages incurred by the owners of 298 Beacon St., the brownstone apartment building where Walsh and Kennedy became trapped in the basement as wild winds off the Charles River whipped the flames into a frenzy, "were caused by others for whose conduct the defendant is not responsible."

Falcone’s response includes his claim that the company, D & J Iron Works, isn’t really a business entity after all.

This combination made with undated photos released by the Boston Fire Department via Twitter shows firefighters Michael R. Kennedy, left, and Lt. Edward J. Walsh, who were killed Wednesday, March 26, 2014, when trapped the basement while fighting a fire in an apartment building in Boston. Kennedy, 33, a Marine Corps combat veteran was assigned to Ladder 15, and had been a firefighter for more than six years. Walsh, 43, and a father of three, was assigned to Engine 33, and had been a firefighter for almost a decade. (AP Photo/Boston Fire Department)
Firefighters Michael R. Kennedy, left, and Lt. Edward J. Walsh, were killed in the fire.

The Herald reported that public records with the Secretary of State listed him as the company’s president.

According to Falcone’s response, he wants the complaint to be dismissed and for the Suffolk Superior Court to agree that welding is “not inherently dangerous work.”

Officials concluded early last month that stray spark from a nearby welding operation caused the fatal fire.