A man who made emergency calls on behalf of the fire department to warn of a building collapse is accused of a felony charge of first-degree murder in the deaths of three men, including one who died.
In an indictment filed Tuesday, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said that the man, Michael Clements, “used a cell phone, a 911 operator’s radio, and other technology to warn other emergency workers about a fire in a Manhattan apartment building.”
Clements, 47, was arrested in December in Brooklyn on a charge of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Matthew Miller, 47.
Prosecutors said Clements was arrested when they received a tip that a building in the Bronx was in flames.
They said he then went to the apartment complex to make the emergency calls.
Clements’ lawyer, Michael Zabel, said that Clements “did not commit the crime” and that he would not be defending him at trial.
The Bronx district attorney’s office said Cules phone calls and 911 calls with the fire station were “voluntary” and “indicated that the firefighters were not on the scene.”
Clement is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday morning.