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Complications Cited in Deadly Ground Zero Blaze

Two New York City firefighters died Saturday battling a blaze in an abandoned skyscraper in Lower Manhattan, near ground zero. Among the complications cited: the main water supply failed, the fire was hard to reach and the building was thought to be a toxic site.

Debbie Elliott speaks with reporter Fred Mogul of member station WNYC about what officials have learned about the deadly fire. NPR's Allison Keyes has an appreciation of the firefighters who died.

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NPR National Correspondent Debbie Elliott can be heard telling stories from her native South. She covers the latest news and politics, and is attuned to the region's rich culture and history.
Fred Mogul
Allison Keyes is an award-winning journalist with almost 20 years of experience in print, radio, and television. She has been reporting for NPR's national desk since October 2005. Her reports can be heard on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition Sunday.