Morristown firefighters warn overcrowding is growing problem for community

Firefighters in Morristown say overcrowding is a growing problem for the community.

In less than one week, the fire department has responded to two fires at homes they discovered were overcrowded. In each house, firefighters found almost every room converted into a bedroom. Captain Gary Desjadon says one of the homes contained a closet that had been turned into a sleeping area for a child.

Desjadon says the overcrowding is a safety hazard for the people living in the home and firefighters. Morristown Mayor Jay Delaney says extra people in homes affect the health, welfare and safety of all. Delaney supports increasing fines for landlords who create \223boarding houses.\224

Currently, the fine for a landlord who allows overcrowding is approximately $1,000 and/or 90 days in jail.

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