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Code Violations Likely After William St. Fire

Code and building department staffers are working on a report after inspecting 200 William St., the site of a fire earlier this week.

The Department of Code Enforcement will likely issue violation notices to the owners of a William Street building that caught fire early Tuesday morning.

Staffers are completing walk-through inspections of the building and conducting research on the property's records, Assistant Village Manager Christopher Steers said.

After those tasks are complete, inspectors will file a report and "appropriate notices," according to Steers.

The fire began a few minutes after midnight and was sparked by a build-up of fumes from polyurethane-soaked rags, which ignited nearby dust and debris from a commercial-grade sander, according to the Port Chester Fire Department.

On the first floor of the building, employees working late in a recording studio spotted smoke and saw water coming through the ceiling, fire Chief Kevin McFadden said. The recording studio staff called 911 before the automatic fire alarm went off, then cleared the building.

Authorities credit the recording studio staff -- and a sprinkler system in the office where the fire began -- for averting another major fire in Port Chester. McFadden said the sprinkler system worked as intended and limited the fire before firefighters arrived on-scene.

Some 20 firefighters doused the remaining flames and remained at the William Street commercial building for more than two hours after the initial call. Firefighters also handled two calls for service, both false alarms, during the time they were dealing with the William Street call.

Check back with Port Chester Patch for details from the code enforcement report.

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JJ January 13, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Nik ...........as Captain Renault in the great movie Casablanca said "I'm shocked, shocked....................... "
Nik Bonopartis January 13, 2012 at 08:16 PM
That pretty much sums it up. I'm interested to see the details though...seems like an owner who goes to the trouble of installing a modern sprinkler system and maintaining it wouldn't be the type to allow fire safety hazards, but who knows? This is also the second recent investigation of commercial units as opposed to the usual residential violations. I'm looking forward to reading the report and will post it as soon as it's released. Thanks for reading.
Linda Turturino January 13, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Code enforcement is a joke to say the least so many complaints go by not addressed they cant dig out of the hole they are in and cant keep their heads above water with current issues but I bet the pay checks are deposited right on time if they are working or not
Keith Morlino January 14, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Nik, I appreciate the updates on code enforcement. It is pretty much my only source of information on our progress on this issue, but based on what I read it seems as if we take 2 steps forward 3 back. I believe PC is doing everything they can to enforce building code(s) but it appears that they are only making a dent...am I missing something ? Are we drinking out of a firehose? I am not naive, I know this type of change takes time and this issue had gone unanswered for decades, but it just appears we are in reactive mode and not in proactive mode with this...what is our village doing proactively ?
JJ January 14, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Keith ..............excellent question. You hit it on the head with "this issue had gone unanswered for decades". There are many people responsible for the collapse on Port Chester's Building Department / Code Enforcement. Some are retired or passed away and some others have new positions in the village. I believe the current Port Chester Administration is really trying to correct these wrongs but what'll really speed this up is an in-depth investigation of the last 10 years. It would have to be conducted by the county or state ; this way no one can interfere with its outcome.
Interested Reader January 14, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Agreed JJ, there are people responsible for the corruption of this Village that are now, as we speak, collecting pensions. Where is the criminal investigation? Where are the State and Federal Officials, the NYS Attorney General the FBI? Where is the parking meter money? Why isn't this a top priority? The public MUST demand answers or this will go unanswered. What about civil suits? The public deserves an answer!
Keith Morlino January 16, 2012 at 01:51 AM
I have no problem that the town or "powers to be" investigate the "situation" of code violation/corruption, as long as it does not cost the town or tax payers any money. I agree these people need to be prosecuted but at what expense? Don't get me wrong I am not saying the town should not look into this as long as it is done in a smart way
Interested Reader January 16, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Keith, we are already paying, with the salaries and benefits of a Building & Code Department the size that looks more like a City than a two square mile Village. I cringe with each Code report, it almost always ends with hiring of more personnel. How much meter money was stolen and how much was spent to fix that employee piggy bank, what effort was made to recover the public's money? Has anyone explore the possibility of recovering the money in a civil suit? The persons responsible, both meter and building issues, have pensions and homes. What company wouldn't try to recover their money. I would like the politicians to address the issue. It's been long enough.
Linda Turturino January 16, 2012 at 02:43 PM
I agree with Interested reader 100% we are already paying and in my opinion the salaries are over the top for the people now responsible and we see nothing happening ..this will go on until the demand for answers gets overwhelming and they are forced to answer.
Keith Morlino January 17, 2012 at 01:36 AM
I must agree with a comment earlier ... It would make more sense an outside agency like the FBI step in and investigate. At the very least, it would be impartial. I don't think this should be handled by the county district attorney but by a federal agency, but be careful, the last time the federal government step in they changed our voting system ! Not that both of these issue are even remotely the same. Be careful what we ask for.
PC Proud January 17, 2012 at 02:07 PM
The whole situation has become ridiculous, we have a manager who is either unable or too wrapped up in his other job to manage, a village attorney/ assistant manager who is at best disinterested or at worst incapable of doing his job, an assistant village manager / code enforcement officer whose only answer is “I need more people” (and it’s never enough people) and a village board who berate department heads to cut, cut, cut! while they themselves spend like drunken sailors on a 24 hour liberty. When do we say enough? This problem is nothing new, it has been going on for years and years and will not be solved anytime soon whether it be the village, state or federal governments. This is neither a Republican nor a Democrat issue, while certain specific issues can be pinned on specific administrations, overall the all these individual items have added up to the mess we have today. Unfortunately, honest homeowners and business owners are paying a price for this situation while the preferred people are given a free pass to the head of the line.
PC Proud January 17, 2012 at 02:07 PM
As to the parking meter issue, has it ever occurred to anyone here that no charges have been brought because there are no charges to be brought? Doesn’t anybody think that our publicity hungry District Attorney would love to go after these gentlemen to show how impartial her office is? Maybe the village is afraid to pursue it because the incompetence of management/ financial personnel will be brought to light, or is it possible that this was a personal vendetta or power struggle by certain individuals that ended up drawing in unintended victims?
Oscar Delannoya January 25, 2012 at 03:00 AM
It amazes me that people still question these things .. There is so much corruption in PC and everyone involved works with each other . The politics in PC to the state are peanuts compared to what is going on in other towns .. There is a small group in PC that do and let things let this happen . You just have to open your eyes and it will all make sense

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