Report: State Buildings Could Endanger FDNY Crews

More than 600 state buildings don't follow the city's fire codes.


FDNY firefighters could be in danger when called to hundreds of state-owned buildings that don't meet city fire codes.

More than 600 state buildings that don't follow the criteria were listed in the report by the task force created following the 2007 Deutsche Bank fire that killed two firefighters, according to The New York Daily News.

Those buildings -- including hospitals, youth centers, jails, offices and state buildings leased to restaurants and stores -- are excluded from the city's fire code.

The state's fire code differs with the FDNY's including how standpipes and water sources inside buildings are set up.

The task force recommended mandating tougher fire inspections for state buildings and changing some of the rules.

FDNY firefighters Joseph Graffagnino and Robert Beddia were killed on Aug. 18, 2007 after becoming trapped in a 14th floor stairwell while battling a blaze in the former Deutche Bank.

The state-owned building lacked a functioning standpipe when it caught fire, and it had not been inspected in five months.

Despite the task force's findings, New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control spokesman Bill Peat told the newspaper that the state believes that both fire codes provide an equal level of protection.