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February 3 - February 7, 2014

A California architect who improperly built a home with outdoor fireplaces installed inside has been sentenced to a year in prison for involuntary manslaughter after a house fire killed a firefighter. Does the penalty fit?

Answers Votes
Yes. 27%
No, the sentence should have been longer. 43%
No, the architect should not be held responsible. 30%

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Tagged categories: Architects; Design; Fire; Home builders

Comment from Michael Quaranta, (2/4/2014, 5:34 PM)

Sorry guys but there is certainly insufficient information upon which to vote!!! So the house is on fire but how did the "FIREFIGHTER" (trained to fight all kinds of fires) come to be fatally injured at the fire scene??? I'd like to see this organization make a presentation of what was wrong with the design so that we can vote as well learn from th eerror.

Comment from Mary Chollet, (2/4/2014, 5:40 PM)

Previous D+D News articles on this case are available at and

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