Firefighter’s Death: Expert to Testify in Hearing For Architect

By Andrew Khouri, L.A. NOW
November 27, 2012

A safety expert is expected to testify Tuesday in a hearing for an architect accused of negligently installing outdoor fireplaces in his Hollywood Hills mansion, a decision prosecutors say ultimately led to a veteran firefighter’s death. In February, prosecutors charged Gerhard Becker, 48, with one count of involuntary manslaughter, alleging he knowingly ignored safety recommendations and altered the house after inspections. Authorities said Becker seemed to worry more about ensuring the luxury home sparkled for an upcoming filming of “Germany’s Next Top Model” than guaranteeing the mansion—with sweeping views and an infinity pool–was safe to occupy. More …

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