Fire officials: Cleaning up strewn documents falls on law firm

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — According to the Buffalo Fire Commissioner, a slew of legal files, some of which may contain private information, are flying around the streets of Buffalo after a fire broke out on the 15th floor of Main Place Tower in Buffalo.

The fire and the actions to put out the fire blew out the windows in the records room of a legal firm in the building. Commissioner Garnell Whitfield says the papers are in the street because of the fire which started in one of the firm’s rooms, and they should be in charge of picking it up.

Whitfield said normal street cleaning will take care of some of the files, but likely not all of them. The documents are all old case files from closed cases, but could contain sensitive information many customers of John J. Fromen Attorneys at Law might not want prying eyes to see.

Law offices are required to keep case files from closed cases for a minimum of seven years. It’s unclear if the law firm could be held accountable for not keeping the files due to the fire.

After putting out the fire, Whitfield says the legal firm brought in private companies to secure the rest of the legal documents from spilling out into the streets, but that doesn’t take care of what already is drifting through Buffalo streets.

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