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    About 150 People Evacuated from Brooklyn Building on Cold Night

    NEW YORK (AP) -- About 150 people are without a home on a frigid night after the fire department deemed the Brooklyn building where they live unsafe.

    The Fire Department of New York ordered the evacuation of the building at about 5:30 p.m. Sunday after two grain silos being kept by a bakery were discovered in the basement.

    Fire officials say the grains can create an "explosive atmosphere.''

    The building's spokesman tells WCBS-TV that the owner was "totally unaware'' that the grains were a problem.

    The American Red Cross in Greater New York says most families had found housing for the night.

    A fire official says the building is zoned for commercial use only and that the sprinkler system is not functioning.

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    NY Times
    January 21, 2008
    City Evacuates 11-Story Building in Brooklyn, Citing Safety
    By BRUCE LAMBERT

    An estimated 150 people had to relocate when city officials evacuated an 11-story factory building in Brooklyn on Sunday night, citing illegal loft conversions and fire safety violations involving a matzo bakery in the basement.

    The city also shut an adjoining four-story factory building, which had been converted to a Hasidic school and catering service.

    The loft building, a blocklong concrete structure converted from a pasta factory years ago, is at 475 Kent Avenue in South Williamsburg. The smaller building is at 32 Division Street.

    Firefighters and buildings inspectors gave tenants a midnight deadline to leave. The American Red Cross was on hand offering hotel lodging for the night..

    “People have been living here for 10 years, so why, all of a sudden on the coldest day of the winter, the night before a holiday, are we being asked to leave?” said Yuri Sivo, 48, a screenwriter, who said he had moved there last fall.

    The local city councilman, David Yassky, called Mr. Sivo’s complaint “a fair question.” He said he “would like to see every option exhausted before putting people out on the street in 16-degree weather.” But he acknowledged that some violations at the loft building constituted “a firetrap.”

    The hazards, city officials said, included the unauthorized basement bakery, with piles of coal, wood, empty cardboard boxes and large containers of combustible grain. Other violations, they said, included blocked exits, cracked windows, and unauthorized alterations.

    The adjoining building was cited for inoperable sprinklers, cracks in the exterior wall and unauthorized alterations.

    A man who answered the phone at the loft building’s management office, Sheila Properties, did not give his name and declined to comment beyond saying the city was responsible for the evacuation.

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    Who's doing BI on Sunday? WTF! Vat's going on here?!?!?!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonnyirons2 View Post
    Who's doing BI on Sunday? WTF! Vat's going on here?!?!?!?
    It is my understanding they had an alarm there...fire or odor...something and the brothers saw something and acted on it.

    I'm surprised a number of certain neighborhoods haven't had at least 35% of their buildings vacated...due to conditions similar to these.

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    Who would buy matzoa from a basement in Williamsburg anyway? We should vacate one a day in the 7th 8th 9th 10th and 11th battalions. See how quick we would have an inspections task force!

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