Owners of Blazed Down Philadelphia Factory Belong to Prominent Brooklyn Hasidic Family

The father-and-son owners, who reportedly face a grand jury probe in connection with the deadly blaze, own about 30 other properties throughout Philadelphia, many of them vacant and otherwise troubled.

The father-and-son owners of a derelict Philadelphia factory that went up in flames and killed two firefighters in April are members of a prominent Brooklyn Hasidic Jewish family.

Nahman and Michael Lichtenstein, who face a grand jury probe in connection with the deadly blaze, are related to a prominent Hasidic rabbi as well as to the publisher of the Orthodox newspaper Hamodia.

Firefighters work the scene of a deadly row home fire Monday, April 16, 2012, in Philadelphia.
Firefighters work the scene of a deadly row home fire Monday, April 16, 2012, in Philadelphia. AP

They reportedly own about 30 other properties throughout Philadelphia, many of them vacant and otherwise troubled. Michael Lichtenstein is also developing a multimillion-dollar luxury rental building in one of Brooklyn’s most fashionable neighborhoods.

According to Philadelphia press accounts, Nahman and Michael Lichtenstein are subjects of a grand jury investigation that will determine whether criminal charges will be filed over the blaze in the factory they owned. Since the fire, inspections of the other Philadelphia properties owned by the family have unearthed violations and hundreds of thousands in unpaid taxes.

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