HEAT ALERT

Heat advisory continues in New Jersey as highs approach near 100 degrees

Inspector says lives are in danger in illegally divided BX apartments

An inspector says homes and basements that are divided into smaller apartments can be illegal and dangerous to Bronx and city residents. It has been a year since two firefighters jumped to their deaths

News 12 Staff

Jan 24, 2006, 2:36 PM

Updated 6,724 days ago

Share:

An inspector says homes and basements that are divided into smaller apartments can be illegal and dangerous to Bronx and city residents.
It has been a year since two firefighters jumped to their deaths from a burning Bronx building. Department of Buildings Inspector Paul Kammerer says the building?s illegal walls made it difficult for the men to escape. Kammerer says homes with illegally divided rooms are not uncommon. Officials say nearly 400 violations for illegal conversions were issued last year.
Some residents say they would rather risk their safety and health in an illegal apartment than live on the streets. Kammerer says illegal conversions are not the answer to fight homelessness. He says landlords can take steps to get any subdivisions approved by the city.


More from News 12
1:52
STORM WATCH: Tracking severe storms Sunday in New Jersey as brutal heat continues

STORM WATCH: Tracking severe storms Sunday in New Jersey as brutal heat continues

1:27
Summer storm brings damaging hail and winds to North Jersey

Summer storm brings damaging hail and winds to North Jersey

1:06
Beachgoers find solace from the sun at the Jersey Shore

Beachgoers find solace from the sun at the Jersey Shore

1:57
Newark native and rapper ‘Rah Digga’ discusses her music program ahead of North to Shore Festival

Newark native and rapper ‘Rah Digga’ discusses her music program ahead of North to Shore Festival

1:55
‘Paterson is Picking Up’ initiative aims to keep streets litter free

‘Paterson is Picking Up’ initiative aims to keep streets litter free

0:31
Authorities: 2 marked police cars crash while responding to Atlantic City robbery

Authorities: 2 marked police cars crash while responding to Atlantic City robbery

2:13
Doctors say exercising outside in hot weather can be dangerous

Doctors say exercising outside in hot weather can be dangerous

0:17
Police: Suspect wanted for armed robbery of Middletown jewelry store

Police: Suspect wanted for armed robbery of Middletown jewelry store

3:04
State lawmakers call on Gov. Murphy, President Biden to address Amtrak, NJ Transit issues

State lawmakers call on Gov. Murphy, President Biden to address Amtrak, NJ Transit issues

1:49
New Jersey residents enjoy outdoor dining on first summer Friday of the season

New Jersey residents enjoy outdoor dining on first summer Friday of the season

0:13
Boil water advisory lifted in affected parts of Paterson and Clifton

Boil water advisory lifted in affected parts of Paterson and Clifton

0:36
Jersey Proud: 2 Rutgers football players visit Newark Beth Israel Children’s Hospital

Jersey Proud: 2 Rutgers football players visit Newark Beth Israel Children’s Hospital

0:31
Annual tattoo festival held in Asbury Park

Annual tattoo festival held in Asbury Park

0:24
Prosecutor: Man pleads guilty to setting home on fire, defacing others with Nazi symbols

Prosecutor: Man pleads guilty to setting home on fire, defacing others with Nazi symbols

0:21
Pride flag stolen in Montclair

Pride flag stolen in Montclair

1:35
Cooling off at the local pool on the 5th day of a heat wave in New Jersey

Cooling off at the local pool on the 5th day of a heat wave in New Jersey

0:38
New Jersey considers ban on gas-powered leaf blowers

New Jersey considers ban on gas-powered leaf blowers

0:28
Police: Multiple fights break out after Westwood High School graduation in Washington Township

Police: Multiple fights break out after Westwood High School graduation in Washington Township

0:41
Trenton restaurant owner accused of sexually assaulting multiple women

Trenton restaurant owner accused of sexually assaulting multiple women

Warren Township's Matt Fallon breaks American record, advances to Paris Olympics

Warren Township's Matt Fallon breaks American record, advances to Paris Olympics