Home in Nyack Fire Had Illegal Apartments

According to Rockland County investigators the Nyack house fire that killed a woman on Tuesday could have been prevented. Officials stated that the single family home was divided into four illegal apartments and did not appear to have any smoke alarms in the building. At 7:45 AM firefighters responded to 3 Waldron Avenue after receiving numerous calls of smoke coming form the home, where officials stated they found an apartment on the main floor, two in the basement, and one in the upstairs, that housed fourteen people all together. Rockland County Executive Ed Day stated the tragic fire is why the county has been working so hard to crack down on housing violations and illegal apartments. While officials have not determined the official cause yet, they agree the fire may have been prevented and stated the added apartments made the house a deathtrap for both residents and firefighters, and if more people had been home or asleep at the time there could have been a much worse outcome.

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