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UPPER WEST SIDE TRAGEDY

MANHATTAN, NY

4 Fatalities and 20 Injuries

The four-alarm fire was reported shortly before 10:00 a.m. at South Park Towers, a 51-story building with 542 apartments and commercial offices on the lower floors. Four people lost their lives in the smoke-filled stairwell as they tried to exit the building with flames ten stories below.  The fire originated in a 19th floor apartment occupied by the family of child actor Macaulay Culkin whose mother was sued for an estimated $80 million dollars in damages as a result of the incident.   T.J. Russo was retained by the insurance company to investigate the cause of the fire and reasoning for the fatalities.