From Durability & Design-Architect to be Tried in Fatal Fire

Violating code requirements can get you put on trial…for involuntary manslaughter. 

A German architect who designed and oversaw construction of a luxury residence where a veteran Los Angeles firefighter perished in a 2011 blaze has been ordered to stand trial for involuntary manslaughter.

Gerhard Albert Becker, 48, allegedly evaded building codes when he installed indoors a fireplace that had been designed for outside use only, according to authorities. Prosecutors say the decision to install the fireplace ultimately led to the death of firefighter Glenn Allen, 61.

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