Updated 03/27/2011 11:18 AM
Officials: Manhattan Building Had Numerous Violations Prior To Fire
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City officials say an apartment building that caught fire in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan Saturday has been cited for nearly 200 violations.
Flames broke out around 6:30 p.m. on the fifth floor of 607 West 180th Street.
Housing officials say they investigated an earlier complaint about the apartment where the fire started.
An inspector found no violations in that unit -- but there were plenty elsewhere -- with 192 open violations throughout the building's 21 apartments.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Residents claim the building had no fire detectors and say they've called the city's 311 hotline to report numerous problems.
"We've been complaining and complaining. He doesn't take care of anything. He doesn't care. All he wants to do is collect rent," said one tenant.
"There's a whole bunch of issues in the building. There's no smoke alarms. There's a lot of violations with the electrical code I can imagine. Everything is just done by not licensed people I bet and they never really come back to fix anything,"s aid another.
NY1 has reached out to the landlord for comment.
No one suffered any serious injuries in the fire.
The Red Cross is helping residents who have been displaced.