Monday, January 30, 2012
Man dies from fire in illegal basement apartment
From NBC New York:
A man died as a result of an early-morning house fire in the Bronx Sunday, authorities said.
Firefighters and police were called to 1120 E. 225th St. at about 5:20 a.m. Sunday, where a fire had apparently started in the basement of the three-family apartment building.
Battalion Fire Chief George Campbell said crews were able to knock the fire out quickly, but faced thick smoke in the basement. "The fire was under the garage, the concrete floor," he said. "That holds everything in -- the heat, the smoke. So we had to cut a hole out."
A man in his 60s was removed from the basement apartment and taken to Montefiore North Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, said police.
A woman was also removed from the apartment and taken to Jacobi Hospital, where she was listed in stable condition, police said.
Investigation is ongoing, but police said the fire did not appear to be criminal in nature.
Hey, take a look here.
The illegal conversion at this address was discovered in 2004.
It's been on file for years that the condition was never corrected.
Another complaint about the illegally converted basement was put in this past October, but DOB never got around to inspecting the place.
So should we be surprised about this? Will there be any discipline handed down?
The NY Post has most of the story.