The city Department of Buildings has partially lifted a vacate order on the apartment building that burned on Dec. 18, according to city records and officials, but no one can move back in just yet.
On Dec. 24, the DOB cleared the landlord of the apartment complex at 103-45 97 St. in Ozone Park to re-enter all floors but the fifth to begin repairs.
A spokesman for Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) said residents are still not allowed back into the building because the utilities have not been turned back on yet.
Fire and smoke damaged many of the apartments, and the water used to quell the blaze impacted even more. More than 80 families were forced to relocate, city officials said.