posted on March 27, 2013 07:20
At least two explosions were heard shortly after flames were reported eating their way through M and M Manufacturing in the Town of Darien.
Fire raced through the metal fabricating business yesterday afternoon activating eight fire companies.
Assistant Darien Fire Chief Jeff Luker talked about the fire fighting challenge:
"One of the difficulties were had was due to the construction of the structure. it isd difficult to access safely. We had three water souces so we do have an adequate water supply."
Three employees of M and M were inside the building, they safely escaped.
The cause is still under investigation.
Route 20 was closed for several hours due to the fire.
Three Batavia area men, two of them former city firemen, will spend their Easter weekend in a work detail as part of their sentence for book-making.
Former Firefighters Brian Bordonaro and Gregory Phillips along with Lance Engel, a cook for the state Veterans Home, have been sentenced to a weekend work detail over the next three months.
Each has also been fined one-thousand dollars and will be placed on probation fore three years.
District Attorney Lawrence Freidman denies that the three were treated differently because of their public sector jobs:
"I don't believe they are being picked on. I am not aware of cases were gambling, certainly to this magnitude, has been uncovered and not resulted in charges and prosecution."
The trio was sentenced for operating a sports betting operation. Bondonaro and Phillips took some bets while on duty at the city fire station.
The three originally had faced felony charges but it is widely believed the prosecutions case was crippled by allegations that the sheriff’s office lead investigator in the case, former Sergeant Steve Mullen, had been a customer of the book-making ring.
Mullen has since retired from the sheriff’s office.
Those of you who haven't paid your taxes could soon lose your driving privileges in New York State.
A provision in the budget proposal calls for New Yorkers who owe more than ten-thousand dollars in state tax liabilities to have their driver's license suspended if they don't pay up.