SCHOOL VOTE

Click or tap here for school budget vote results

Testimony wraps up in 'Black Sunday' trial

A retired firefighter who survived a 2005 blaze in the Bronx that killed two of his colleagues returned to the witness stand Friday to continue his testimony in the "Black Sunday" trial. Eugene Stolowski

News 12 Staff

Feb 6, 2009, 11:43 PM

Updated 5,583 days ago

Share:

Testimony wraps up in 'Black Sunday' trial
A retired firefighter who survived a 2005 blaze in the Bronx that killed two of his colleagues returned to the witness stand Friday to continue his testimony in the "Black Sunday" trial.
Eugene Stolowski told the jurors an illegal partition, erected by tenants inside one of the apartments to collect more rent, created a death trap by blocking the fire escape. As a result of the alleged partitions, six firefighters were forced to jump four stories to escape the flames. Stolowski and three of his co-workers survived, but Lt. Curtis Meyran and John Bellew were killed by the fall.
"People will think twice before doing what they do to their apartments for greed," Stolowski said.
Even after being forced to retire because of his injuries and suffering from emotional pain, Stolowski said he has no animosity toward the defendants, Cesar Rios, the building's landlord, and tenants Rafael Castillo and Caridad Coste.
"I'm not bitter toward anybody," he said. "I want justice served, and I want the people who did this to face the punishment."
The retired firefighter was the last witness for the prosecution. The defense did not call on anyone to testify. Closing arguments in the case are expected to get under way Monday.
Prosecutioncalls last witness at 'Black Sunday' trialFiremarshal testifies in 'Black Sunday' trialFirefighter:Partitions led to 'Black Sunday' deaths


More from News 12
2:28
Chappaqua, East Ramapo, and Newburgh reject school budgets; Clarkstown OKs 4% increase for schools

Chappaqua, East Ramapo, and Newburgh reject school budgets; Clarkstown OKs 4% increase for schools

2:16
STORM WATCH: Summerlike temps today, severe thunderstorms with hail possible Thursday

STORM WATCH: Summerlike temps today, severe thunderstorms with hail possible Thursday

RESULTS: News 12 Westchester/Hudson Valley School Vote 2024

RESULTS: News 12 Westchester/Hudson Valley School Vote 2024

1:38
36th Fleet Week kicks off in NYC with Salute to Ships at Fort Hamilton

36th Fleet Week kicks off in NYC with Salute to Ships at Fort Hamilton

2:42
Garden Guide: This is why you should grow Geraniums this summer

Garden Guide: This is why you should grow Geraniums this summer

1:31
What's Cooking: Uncle Giuseppe's Marketplace's spring frittata

What's Cooking: Uncle Giuseppe's Marketplace's spring frittata

1:23
Mount Vernon School Board meeting ends before it can start as teachers push for contract negotiations to speed up

Mount Vernon School Board meeting ends before it can start as teachers push for contract negotiations to speed up

1:41
Westchester lawmaker tracks down constituents owed money by NY state following Turn To Tara report

Westchester lawmaker tracks down constituents owed money by NY state following Turn To Tara report

1:18
Officials: At least 6 injured in multivehicle crash in Putnam County

Officials: At least 6 injured in multivehicle crash in Putnam County

0:36
Connecticut woman arrested for stealing from the Putnam business she worked for

Connecticut woman arrested for stealing from the Putnam business she worked for

1:54
New Rochelle students investigate 'crime scenes' for forensic class final exam

New Rochelle students investigate 'crime scenes' for forensic class final exam

1:35
Newburgh police commissioner announces sudden resignation weeks after chief resigned

Newburgh police commissioner announces sudden resignation weeks after chief resigned

1:44
2 preschoolers injured in fatal Sullivan County school bus crash

2 preschoolers injured in fatal Sullivan County school bus crash

0:49
Former medical officer manager from Orange County pleads guilty to health care fraud

Former medical officer manager from Orange County pleads guilty to health care fraud

0:35
New York State Police identify victim in fatal Sprain Brook Parkway crash

New York State Police identify victim in fatal Sprain Brook Parkway crash

0:17
Yonkers students honor war heroes at 7th Ward War Memorial

Yonkers students honor war heroes at 7th Ward War Memorial

0:26
Police: 2 additional arrests made in 2019 cold case killing of Middletown man

Police: 2 additional arrests made in 2019 cold case killing of Middletown man

2:41
Made in the Hudson Valley: Jaymark Jewelers continues family legacy, four decades in the making

Made in the Hudson Valley: Jaymark Jewelers continues family legacy, four decades in the making

1:41
County manager: School bus driver dies in collision with another school bus

County manager: School bus driver dies in collision with another school bus

1:35
North Castle police: Officer shoots man who attacked police with knife in Armonk

North Castle police: Officer shoots man who attacked police with knife in Armonk