A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed by the widow of a man killed during the demolition of the Gap warehouse after last year's fire.

In August of 2016 a massive fire at the Gap Distribution Center in Fishkill roared through a section of the warehouse in the middle of the night. It destroyed a large section of the building and eventually it was determined that someone set the fire.


The widow of James Parisella has filed a lawsuit in federal court. Parisella was killed during demolition of the the burned down section of the warehouse. A large steel wall came through the excavator that he was operating.

The lawsuit claims the building was unsafe and according to a report in the Daily Voice, attorney Gerald McCarthy says the death could have been avoided.

"The building and working conditions were horribly unsafe," said McCarthy. "They (the company) should have known this and then we could have avoided this tragedy."

McCarthy will take this case before a jury to reach a settlement. The accident that killed James Parisella happened on December 10th of 2016. The Gap and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms have combined to offer a $15,000 reward leading to the arrest of the arsonist.  The case seems to have gone cold and there has been no word about police being any closer to finding out who did this.