More than 20 residents of Fairmont Hall in Flushing, still reeling from an explosion that tore through the building in July, have hired a lawyer to explore legal action against the building's owners in the coming weeks after spending nearly three months without gas service.
Flushing blast tenants take woes to law firm
More than two dozen residents of 147-25 Sanford Ave. crowded into a classroom at JHS 189 in Flushing Monday night to get an update on the nearly three-month span many of the building's residents have gone without gas service — a situation that climaxed on July 25 when an explosion seriously injured several tenants and demolished more than a half dozen apartments.
"We still know zero about things in the building. All of us have been through a lot," said Fairmont Hall Tenant Association President Bellanira Sanchez. "Now we are going to face our problems with a lawyer."
Several residents of Fairmont Hall have not had gas service since June 18, when a separate kitchen fire damaged one of the lines in the building. Several tenants of the building's 90 apartments have stopped paying rent and retained the services of a law firm, Bernstein & Bernstein, to potentially seek damages for the building's poor living conditions.