From SI Live:
The city is charging the owner of the Elm Park home where a 40-year-old woman died in a fire yesterday with illegally converting the property into rental units.
The attic at 219 Morningstar Road, where Dorothy Adonolfi was killed in the early-morning blaze after an electrical heater ignited nearby combustible materials, did not have the appropriate permits, according to the city Department of Buildings.
The second floor was also divided into single room occupancies with a shared, converted bathroom and kitchen, the Department charged, issuing three violations with maximum penalties of between $10,000 and $25,000 each.
Ms. Adonolfi had only moved to the illegally converted attic about a week and a half ago, other tenants said.
The home — where Fire Department officials said no working fire detectors were found — is owned by Rubenia Cortez. She did not return a phone call for comment.
"This home was illegally converted, there were three illegal rooms created on the second floor and one illegal room in the attic," said Tony Sclafani, a spokesman for the city Department of Buildings. "Illegal partitions of walls were erected without permits; there were three rooms with locking devices on the doors. There were three different living units, all of which was done without a permit."
A Buildings Department inspector issued violations for occupancy contrary to records, work without a permit and a residence altered occupancy.
A complaint was also filed for illegal electrical wiring, and will be investigated, Sclafani said.
There were no previous complaints or violations on record for the property.