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Assault Charges Filed In Death Of Yonkers' Michael Fahy, FDNY Chief

A grand jury is considering assault and possession of marijuana charges against Julio Salcedo Contrer in association with the death of FDNY Battalion Chief Michael Fahy.
A grand jury is considering assault and possession of marijuana charges against Julio Salcedo Contrer in association with the death of FDNY Battalion Chief Michael Fahy. Photo Credit: Bergen County Sheriff
FDNY Battalion Chief Michael Fahy was killed when a home with a marijuana grow house inside exploded in the Bronx.
FDNY Battalion Chief Michael Fahy was killed when a home with a marijuana grow house inside exploded in the Bronx. Photo Credit: FDNY/Facebook

The Bronx District Attorney's Office announced Tuesday that it is going after assault charges against the two men associated with the death of FDNY Battalion Chief Michael Fahy of Yonkers when a Bronx home exploded last week.

A Bronx grand jury is currently hearing the case against the men, Garivaldi Castillo and Julio Salcedo Contrer, to consider charges of assault and criminal possession of marijuana, said Patrice O'Shaughnessy, spokeswoman for the Bronx DA's Office.

"The investigation is continuing, the crime scene is still active, and there could be additional charges when it is completed," she added.

Fahy, 44, a North Rockland native and 17-year member of the city fire department, was killed by a piece of roof that blasted through the air in the explosion at a home in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx where firefighters had discovered a marijuana growing operation, authorities said.

Others injured included six police officers, nearby residents and utility workers, they said.

Authorities are investigating whether the explosion was the result of someone in the home, where Contrer lived, had tampered with the gas line.

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