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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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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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