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House Fire Leaves Thirteen People Displaced

House Fire on William Street/Photo credit: Pamela Stern
House Fire on William Street/Photo credit: Pamela Stern

On Friday, January 24, 2014, Port Chester police arrived at 203 William Street at 1:03 am and observed a house fire with flames coming from the basement on the right hand side of the house with heavy smoke, said Lt. James Ladeairous of the Port Chester Police Department.

 

Thirteen people were evacuated out of the multifamily house dwelling. All of the people were displaced and went to stay with their family and friends, said Lt. James Ladeairous of the Port Chester Police Department.

 

 

The Port Chester Fire Department put out the fire and it has been deemed as an electrical fire, according to Lt. James Ladeairous of the Port Chester Police Department.


JJ January 28, 2014 at 09:45 AM
Does it strike any other readers out there that 13 people living in a 2 story house is a rather large number? Events like this fire and brutal crimes that occur within the village seem to reveal the true nature of the Port Chester. We are a highly overcrowded area that has many suspiciously overcrowded residences. I'm happy that no one was hurt in this fire but I hope that the Building/ Code Enforcement looks into the issue. Chances are that this building is owned by one of the "elite" groups of real estate / construction firms that operate with impunity in the village. My money is that the village will , once again, look the other way....
LL January 28, 2014 at 12:32 PM
The building Dept. only inspects 3 family and over. This should be a rude awakening for them to start inspecting 2 family, even single family homes that could have been converted to 2 or even 3 apartments!!!
Craig Noor January 28, 2014 at 01:40 PM
... if there's 13 people living there ... that's a 3-family household. maybe there should be mandatory fire drills, and they could count the number of people that come out. I'm sympathetic to people who are bent for the rent, but my sympathy dampened down quite a bit when I went from having one neighbor below me to 2 pairs of adults with two screaming infants each, and six more "family members" sleeping there during the day
vicky cotillo January 29, 2014 at 07:29 AM
i dont know what you guys are talking about. first it all , the house has 6 legal bedrooms and 4 bathrooms why the reporter dont especify on the news so we dont have to read some hate full coments blaming on a group of people ,fire can happen anywhere u haters need to understand portchester's houses are very old , even where u are pray it wont be a fire some day . you dont want fire in port chester? burn down the whole city and build everything new in code 2014 i guaranteed there wont be fire in the next 10 years at least in the city and we wont need anymore people call building inspector secon it all dont blame the landlord blame on the banks who are the real owners of the houses in portchester at least 95 percent did you guys new many landlords owns 1house with 1 or 2 units only and they are trying to keep theirs house(bank real ownwers)because there is no other place to go.? landlords got stuck in a very bad situation with hight interest ,old house and not coded at , please think about it
FJT January 29, 2014 at 11:17 AM
Vicky, you wrote that the house has 6 legal bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. How do you know that? Have you seen the Building Department's file on this particular house? Maybe the reporter, Pamela Stern, should look into it.
P January 30, 2014 at 12:58 PM
Building Department is a JOKE! Hey, here's an idea: Why not actually inspect and post violations on the homes that are crammed to the brim and visibly look unsafe instead of targeting homeowners in business districts as a way to make a quick buck.
FJT January 30, 2014 at 01:35 PM
The fact that you need to get a plumbing permit in order to replace an existing sink in Port Chester should tell you all you need to know about this bogus program that we're told is all about keeping Port Chester residents safe. (I was told by a key village official that plumbers have been known to burn down houses, thus the need to take out a plumbing permit to change out a sink.) I'm convinced that it's first and foremost about the MONEY -- in the form of fees -- for every move the homeowner makes with his or her property. Are other communities this over the top with their building codes and fees? Show me one that comes close! Are other communities this crazy in their efforts to extract fees from innocent homeowners while letting the slumlords openly ply their trade? Show me one! I agree with you, P, it's more about a way to make a quick buck than anything else. What else could it be? Children live in homes known by the village to be in violation of NYS law -- and they are left in danger by this village. A resident by the name of George Ford (I believe the first name is George, exposed this sad fact during a Board of Trustees meeting last year. There are better ways to balance a budget that putting innocent homeowners in a position where they fear their homes will be taken due to extraordinary fines and fees -- that far surpass what the State of NY requires or deems legal in my opinion -- not to mention some of the highest property taxes in the world LITERALLY. And to top it off, you're not exactly living in a commnity known for its quality of life or natural beauty -- or even the promise of a better future. You're living in Port Chester. And if you want to get out, you're likely to have a long wait ahead of you, not to mention special fees that must be paid if you're to be allowed to sell your property. What a lovely place.
vicky cotillo January 30, 2014 at 10:34 PM
FJT you are 100% right totally true and thank you for bringing it up. do we really see justice why instead of going to the homeowners they don't go to the bad people instead of pretending that they want your house to be up code for avoid fire which is a bull they don't care about the people that lives in the house nor before not now , they are the perfect excuse for them to get the money they need , just , look around, what happened with the city employee I am pretty sure was more than one that stole thousands of dollars in parking meters? Is he in jail as a good example? what happened with they guy who stole money and drugs from the police department? is he in jail as a good example? nothing happened nothing happen and nothing it is going to happened they all went already in retirement with full money pension in their pockets LIVING IN a big houses pretending nothing happened , why the homeowners .all we want is live in a place we call home, without stress is it not enough 13,000 dollars annually in taxes and schools that every 2 or 3 units house give per year to the city of port Chester,..why port Chester is treating its own people like that. you don't need us because we are regular people and don't have connections is that what it is????????
brookhavenconfucius February 25, 2014 at 02:25 PM
Illegal apartment/home, for sure !

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