Fire dept. gets $20K after building fire with repeat violations

Investigators found 78 code violations in the Jan. 2013 fire; in Dec. 2012 state housing inspectors found 146 code violations

TRENTON, N.J. — State fire officials presented the city with $20,000 Wednesday to cover the fire department's costs in extinguishing a 2013 fire in a high rise building that had unresolved fire code violations, which hampered firefighting efforts.

Trenton Fire Department Director Qareeb Bashir accepted the check from Louis Kilmer, chief of the Bureau of Fire Code Enforcement in the state's Division of Fire Safety, at Trenton fire headquarters.

Both men said they hope other property owners see this as a what can happen if properties are not in compliance with fire codes.

Full story: Trenton recoups $20K after fire at building with repeat code offenses

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