BLAZE AT MONSEY GROCERY STORE WITH A HISTORY OF CODE VIOLATIONS UNDERSCORED DANGERS OF LAX ENFORCEMENT IN RAMAPO
“When he arrived at the Motty’s Supermarket fire in Monsey shortly after noon on Feb. 18, the swirling snow was the least of Monsey Fire Chief Andrew Schlissel’s problems.
The fire had a head start and — as is too often the case in Ramapo, where code-enforcement lacks teeth — the building had secrets.
Over the years, owners had built out the structure without filing required permits or seeking certificates of occupancy. Decades of violations had been chronicled by inspectors, but little was done to remedy the issues. Fire crews couldn’t see the two shipping containers that had been added to the back of the original store. [Read more…]