1999-05-29 / Letters

Living In A Death Trap

Dear Editor:
We three residents of Ocean Park Company residing at 125 Beach 17 street, Far Rockaway, New York, 11691 was trapped in what could have been a deadly fare on May 15, 1999. At approximately 2:15 a.m. Saturday morning two fires were set at this location. The first was in a trash can that’s in front of the main lobby entrance. The second which was the most serious was set in the #2 elevator was cut off there was no place for the smoke to escape except into the halls of each floor. The halls immediately became engulfed with smoke, thus causing the smoke to divert into all apartments.

Immediately the apartments was over-showed with black smoke. There was no way out of the apartments. The only recourse that was available were the balconies. There are a total of 27 floors in each of the two buildings that houses three hundred families and there are no fire sprinklers nor smoke detectors in the hallways.

This is a grave concern for the residents of this complex because we are literally living in a death trap. This building have residents that are receiving oxygen with a couple on ventilators and smoke of the residents have severe asthma.

Unfortunately, as of this date, the manager of this complex has refused to address these concerns with the tenants. Because of the latter, we the residents will protest our grievances on Thursday, May 27, 1999 at 6 p.m. in front of this complex. We are asking for the media and concerned politicians to come and hear our concerns, issues and complaints that has been manifesting since the take over by RY Management Company, located at 1619 Third avenue, New York, New York 10128 and the current site manager of said premise, Derrick M. Edmonds.

Thank you for your time and consideration in regards to this matter. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Ms. Frances Johnson, spokesperson for the concerned residents.







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