$183M awarded in NYC blaze that killed firefighters

Associated Press

New York — A New York City jury has awarded $183 million to five firefighters or their families in a case stemming from a 2005 tenement blaze on a day known as “Black Sunday.”

Two firefighters were killed in the Jan. 23, 2005, Bronx fire and three others were severely injured. A sixth firefighter died in 2011.

A jury on Monday found the city 80 percent responsible for the deaths and injuries. The building’s landlord was found liable for 20 percent.

The city was accused of failing to provide equipment that would’ve allowed the firefighters to escape. City officials say the liability was unfairly apportioned; it’s considering an appeal.

The landlord’s attorney did not immediately respond Tuesday to phone and email requests for comment.