A seven-alarm blaze in a skyscraper abandoned on Sept. 11 killed two firefighters and raised concerns that toxic substances in the building could be spreading in the plume of gray smoke that trailed above ground zero.
Officers at the scene were preventing nearby residents from returning to their homes even to rescue pets, telling them that authorities were concerned the former Deutsche Bank office building, vacant since Sept. 11 turned it into a toxic nightmare, could fall. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that fear turned out to be unfounded.
Bloomberg sought to reassure residents that the chemicals in the building likely did not present a significant health risk, saying air-quality tests so far showed no danger.
Read the whole story at the link above. My thoughts and prayers for the lost, and their families and colleagues.