Landlord Fined in Fire That Killed Five

By Andrew Siff
|  Friday, Feb 12, 2010  |  Updated 6:15 PM EDT
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Suspected Arsonist Faces 5 Charges

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A New York Police Department detective, right, and a fire marshal, left, escort Brooklyn fire suspect Daniel Ignacio from the 62nd Precinct in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010. Ignacio, a resident of the apartment building in which five Guatemalan immigrants died in a fire this weekend, is suspected of arson in connection with the fire, according to a police spokesman. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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Nearly two weeks after that deadly Brooklyn fire-- an arson that killed five Guatemalan immigrants -- there are new violations tonight.

 
City investigators tell NBC New York the landlord is now facing $75,000 fines. The Buildings department late today issued three violations: One for making illegal alterations to fit more people in the apartment; one for building partitions without a permit; and one for failing to provide enough exits to the building.
 
The landlord is listed as 2035 86th Street Realty, LLC, a company named after building's address, which is a typical slum-lord tactic. Despite the name the company is officially registered n New Hyde Park, Long Island.  A man who answered the phone at the realtor's offices said "I didn't receive anything."
 
It was unclear if the violations would lead to criminal charges from the Brooklyn DA's office.
 
Building tenant Daniel Ignacio, 29, is already charged with arson and murder for intentionally setting the January 30th blaze.Investigators said Ignacio was drunk when he set the blaze -- then went to sleep in the building. If convicted he could face life in prison.
 
The Bensonhurst fire was New York's deadliest since a Bronx blaze in 2007.
 

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