Schenectady Code Enforcement Dept. at Fault for Jay St. Fire

A Schenectady County grand jury is pulling no punches. 

It says the city's code enforcement department "directly contributed" to the March, 2015 fire at 104 Jay Street that left four people dead.  

The report says fire officials who noticed the potentially deadly flaws in the building sent the information to code enforcement, only to have their reports ignored, and no signs that efforts were made to fix the problems. 

Specifically, the panel says the fire department found 14 different code violations in the building, but no one followed up on anything. 

Mayor Gary McCarthy tells the Times-Union this shows you can still have tragic events precipitated by people who make poor decisions.

Photo: WNYT


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