City investigators and fire marshals have arrested more than 100 people in a massive sweep targeting business owners, employees and building owners who failed to appear in court on fire code violation summonses.
104 arrested in NYC for fire code violations
"We are going to keep going with these, and we are not going to stop making these arrests," Department of Investigation Commissioner Rose Gill Hearn said. "Ignoring these means we are going to slap the handcuffs on you."
Hearn said this latest batch of arrests began about a week ago. It's part of a joint effort by the DOI and the Fire Department to crack down on people who ignore criminal summonses for fire code violations, she said.
So far the two agencies have arrested 221 people and issued more than $50,000 in fines. In this round of arrests, the fines range from $100 to $2,000.