The 200 residents of a Williamsburg loft booted from their homes yesterday because of a fire-code violation left their apartments - bags, boxes and containers in hand - not knowing when, or if, they would be back.
Fire code forces Brooklyn residents from homes
Although renters have lived in the building for a decade, it lacks a certificate of occupancy, which allows for the legal use and occupancy of a building. Fixing the fire hazard and obtaining the certificate may be a lengthy process.
Fire officials ordered tenants of 475 Kent Ave. to leave Sunday evening after finding out that grain for a basement matzo factory owned by building co-owner Nachman Brach was improperly stored and "an explosive hazard."
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