Investigators Find Cause of Fire in Illegal Housing

Investigators looking into a house fire in Haverstraw that left fifteen people homeless stated that a candle was the cause. According to officials the candle accidentally sparked a fire in a bedroom at 12 South Street and the mattress in the room caught quickly, spreading to the rest of the house and next door to a two-family house, which received damage as well. Building inspectors who looked into the damage stated that 12 South Street was illegally altered to serve as a boarding house and violations will be served to the owner. 14 South Street received mostly water damage and the basement was illegally altered to an apartment, as well as the top floors, which were altered to fit several extra rooms. The owner will also receive a summons for the violations.

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