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Thursday, December 7, 2006

Jury to decide damages in fatal fire

NEWTON

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Brookline firefighters make a rescue during the Feb. 9, 2000 fire
(Globe Staff Photo by John Tlumacki)

A second jury will determine damages from a fire that took five lives and leveled a Newton office building in February 2000.

The fire started in a second-floor office of a three-story building that housed 25 businesses at 200 Boylston St.

Last month, a civil trial jury decided that the building's owner, Sidney Kriensky, was negligent. The plaintiffs are seeking $5 million, said Kevin Curry, a lawyer for one of the plaintiffs. A second jury will assess damages, and a judge will decide the awards.

-- Globe City & Region staff

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