Architect Charged in Death of Firefighter Who Died in Home He Designed
Glenn Allen (via LAFD)
Gerhard Albert Becker, 48, is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon in Los Angeles Superior Court, reports City News Service.
"Prosecutors allege that Becker, a German national, built an 18-foot 'fire trough' through the home despite being warned of the dangers it may cause. It was described as an oversize indoor fire pit," elaborates L.A. Now.
Five other firefighters were injured in the ceiling collapse.
Becker, who served as the new home's main contractor, was charged after investigators found alleged evidence of grossly negligent construction, notes CNS. He had been out of the country since the time of the fire, but was arrested Saturday at Los Angeles International Airport when he arrived on a flight from Spain, authorities said.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Brian Cummings and LAPD Deputy Chief Kirk Albanese are scheduled to hold a news conference to discuss the case against Becker at 3:30 this afternoon.