"Lawyers for Max Harris, 27, dismissed the accusations as an attempt to make him a fall guy for the fire that killed 36 people and added that Harris actually tried to save lives as soon as the fire broke out during a music event on Dec. 2."
“It’s important for people to understand Max Harris never ran. Max Harris tried to save lives that night. Max Harris was present when the fire broke out. He was the first to try to put it out with a fire extinguisher,” defense attorney Curtis Briggs, who started representing Harris a week ago, said at a news conference in San Francisco. Briggs went on to say that on the night of the fire, Harris also broke a fence so that first responders and firefighters could enter the building to put out the inferno.
“They’re completely wrong,” Briggs said of the Alameda County district attorney’s office, whose report concluded that Harris had blocked one of the two stairwells of the Ghost Ship to prepare the warehouse for the party.
Briggs also emphasized that Harris did not promote the unpermitted electronic music event, nor did he collect money at the door the night of the blaze.