Building Violations a Common Issue in Spring Valley House Fires

JUst after midnight on Saturday morning, firefighters responded to a house fire on Johnson Street in Spring Valley. According to officials the building was acting as an illegal boarding house, with eight families living there, and faced multiple violations including having no smoke alarms inside. All fourteen adults and four children, one a newborn baby, were able to get out of the building before the fire spread, but have been left homeless by the blaze. The Redcross is caring for the families and investigators stated there will be a summons for electrical violations filed against the landlord. Less than two days before the fire on Johnson Street, a building housing a Yeshiva and Dormitory on Funston Avenue was also destroyed by fire. Officials stated that the fire, which started on the back porch, appears to be suspicious and both could have been prevented if regulations had been followed. The Yeshiva had dozens of students living in the attic area, and fire officials are once again raising concerns of illegally converted buildings, which create life threatening problems for firefighters and those living there. No summons have been filed against the yeshiva as of yet, and investigations into the cause are ongoing. Spring Valley Mayor Demeza Delhomme set a Village Board meeting for 2:00 Monday afternoon to discuss hiring four part-time Fire Inspectors.

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