From the Daily News:
The Chinatown building where a seven-alarm blaze started has a history of violations, including several for a broken boiler, records show.
It took more four hours and 250 firefighters to battle the fire, which broke out just after 10 p.m. Sunday at 283 Grand St., a six-story building with 16 apartments. Three civilians and 30 firefighters suffered minor injuries, and more than 200 people were left homeless.
The flames quickly spread to several neighboring buildings and around the block to Eldridge St.
The owner of 283 Grand St. is listed as Fair Only Real Estate Corp., based in Flushing, Queens. The company was slapped with at least nine violations in the past two years, including several for a broken boiler and at least five for obstructed passageways.
Fair Only has a small office on Grand St., between Eldridge and Allen Sts., above a textile store. A woman there who would not give her name confirmed she worked for the owner of 283 and 285 Grand but would not identify him. She said he had owned the buildings for at least 40 years. She declined to answer questions.
From the AP:
Officials say the Red Cross is helping the 50 to 60 families that were displaced.
200 people left homeless? 50-60 families displaced?
The C of O's for these buildings are for stores at ground level and 3 apartments on each of the 4 floors above...