NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors say two men have been indicted on assault charges in connection with an explosion at a marijuana grow house in the Bronx that killed a fire battalion chief.
Thirty-two-year-old Garivaldi Castillo, of Manhattan, and 34-year-old Julio Salcedo, of the Bronx, were arraigned Wednesday. They also were charged with marijuana possession.
Castillo’s attorney says his client didn’t cause the explosion. A message left with Salcedo’s attorney wasn’t immediately returned.
Seventeen-year fire department veteran Michael Fahy died in late September after being hit by debris from the explosion while responding to a report of a gas leak at the house.
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Authorities say the two men were growing marijuana. They say investigators at the scene found numerous marijuana plants, as well as heaters, fertilizers, and tanks of helium.