Fire Deaths Prompt City to Eye Illegal Subdivision

Boy, parents perish in Bronx apartment blaze.

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    Members of the FDNY walk away from the scene of a house fire that killed three people in the Bronx borough of New York on Monday, April 25, 2011. The fire killed a 36-year-old man, his 40-year-old wife and their 12-year-old son.

    Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he's asking fire and building officials to look for new ways to combat landlords who illegally subdivide their properties.     

    Fire officials determined that a Bronx building where a child and his parents died early Monday had been illegally converted.     

    Fatal Fire Kills Three

    [NY] Fatal Fire Kills Three
    A Bronx fire takes the life of a man, a woman and a 12-year-old boy on the third floor.

    Bloomberg said Tuesday the city is only able to gain entry to half the properties that are the subject of complaints. He said it's very hard for the city to meet the legal standards required to get a warrant.    

    City Council Speaker Christine Quinn says courts deny two-thirds of access warrant requests. She says the council will hold hearings on the issue.