Fire Hazard as Visitors Crowd into Crown Heights on High Holy Days

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    NBC 4 New York

    Some holiday houseguests are causing hazardous conditions in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn.

    The FDNY and the Department of Buildings have issued several violations in the neighborhood after receiving complaints about too many visitors celebrating the Jewish holidays crowding into residences.

    On Friday afternoon, firefighters discovered about 100 mattresses set up in a basement gymnasium at the Oholei Torah Education Center on Eastern Parkway.

    "There's a large influx of  worshippers coming from Israel to celebrate the holidays, and they've been inhabiting large areas within the cellars, within basements of multiple dwellings and larger buildings," said Chief Joe Woznica of the FDNY Fire Prevention Bureau. "It's presented a life safety hazard." 

    The guests will be allowed to stay through the upcoming holiday of Sukkot, but only if the building owners hire private fire guards to patrol the premises. 

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