2 hurt when pipe plunges into 9/11 firehouse

Published May 18, 2007

NEW YORK - A 15-foot pipe fell off a skyscraper being dismantled near the World Trade Center site and plunged through the roof of a nearby firehouse Thursday, injuring two firefighters, officials said.

Work was stopped on the 40-story former Deutsche Bank building after the sprinkler pipe fell from the 35th floor onto Engine 10/Ladder 10.

The firehouse was nearly destroyed in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Six of its firefighters were among the 343 killed responding to the burning World Trade Center.

The neighboring skyscraper was heavily damaged when one of the towers collapsed into it. Cleanup of toxic material in the building began in 2005 and work to dismantle it began late last year.

Workers from John Galt Corp. were cutting the pipe about 7 a.m. when it fell through the firehouse roof below, officials said. Two firefighters were treated for minor injuries and released, fire officials said. They weren't hit by the pipe, the department said.

The city Buildings Department issued John Galt Corp. a violation for failure to safeguard the public and property, spokeswoman Kate Lindquist said. A message left with the company wasn't immediately returned Thursday.