LOS ANGELES — The architect who owned and designed a Hollywood Hills home that caught fire and partially collapsed killing a firefighter, has been ordered to stand trial.
Gerhard Albert Becker is accused of evading building regulations during the construction of his home, according to Hollywood Patch.
Firefighter Glenn Allen, 61, was struck by part of the burning home's ceiling while fighting the February 2011 fire. He died two days later from his injury. One other firefighter was injured at the scene when he pinned under debris.
Prosecutors say the fire was traced to a fireplace that was installed inside the home instead of its intended outdoor use, and that Becker ignored warning against installing it indoors.
Becker was charged with the felony nearly a year later. His lawyers say that he thought it was safe to install. He is due in court Dec. 12.
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W Joseph LacksFriday, November 30, 2012 4:15:17 PMit shows that virtually no one, including architects, have any idea about the dynamics of heat and fire.
Brian P SlatterySaturday, December 01, 2012 12:19:03 PMoh, I think the guy knows/knew about the dynamics of heat and fire... he just chose to ignore them and did what he wanted to do, thinking he knew better. And I do just LOVE the "I thought it was safe" bull$#!t, someone needs to remind him that ignorance of (or in this case, disregarding) the law is no excuse.
W Joseph LacksSaturday, December 01, 2012 1:50:14 PMespecially when it came to killing a FF.
Julie ReynoldsSaturday, December 01, 2012 2:29:52 PMIs the "outdoor fireplace" a metal box with a slot along the top about the size of a large shoebox? Please describe the object without naming any brand. Is the fuel bioethanol?
Helen ErdmanSunday, December 02, 2012 11:05:56 AMprobably---outdoor stuff doesn't have to conform to indoor code---BUT, I believe there is a code for the outdoor installs, as well.....
James E LyndeSunday, December 01, 2013 12:04:27 AMIt takes someone from Gouverneur to tell me what's going on here in LA. (;-)