Serge Bromberg, a former artistic director of the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, is facing a four-year prison sentence for his role in a deadly fire involving nitrate film reels.
The case, which was tried in the courthouse of Creteil on the outskirts of Paris this week, relates to a tragic fire in August 2020, when nitrate film reels he was stocking in the basement of an eight-storey apartment block on the outskirts of Paris burst into flames during a heatwave.
One person living directly above the site of the fire was burned alive while another person died when they tried to jump to safety from the fourth floor.
The building was relatively empty at the time because it was the height of the summer holidays. Bromberg, who was tried on charges of committing involuntary manslaughter and injury as well as putting others in danger, took full responsibility for the tragedy at the trial. “I would like to say that I am the sole person responsible for this drama.Read more on deadline.com