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CHARGES FILED FOR ALARM FLAW IN SKYSCRAPER

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Criminal charges have been filed against a management official at the Empire State Building because of a defect in an alarm system that may have slowed the response time of firefighters battling a blaze at the skyscraper, the fire department said Wednesday.

The fire department filed the charges Tuesday in Manhattan Criminal Court against Gordon Sestan, assistant director of operations at the skyscraper, said Efrain Parrilla, a Fire Department spokesman. Sestan is to appear in court Sept. 6.The charges involve the alarm system and the absence of the building's safety director, the spokesman said. Each charge involves violations of New York City's Administrative Code and is punishable by fines of $500. The court can impose a jail sentence at its discretion.