Code: Owner Of William St. Building Finally Responds, 2 Months After Fire

Inspectors cataloged a record 466 code violations at 200 William St. after a fire on Jan. 10.

Eight weeks after a fire ripped through the William Street building he owns, a Port Chester landlord finally responded to village officials.

Anthony Tyrone acknowledged the fire and code violations two months after the fact via a fax sent to village hall on Thursday, according to Assistant Village Manager Christopher Steers.

The Jan. 10 blaze began with fume build-up from polyurethane rags left by a contractor in an illegal office loft, according to the Port Chester Fire Department. The official cause was spontanous combustion -- the rags sparked, catching on saw dust left on the loft's floor after the contractor used a commercial sander, fire Chief Kevin McFadden said the morning of the fire.

The resulting code investigation took a month and 200 man-hours, not counting emergency response and clean-up, according to Steers. When inspectors were finally confident they'd found every violation, their report listed 466 citations in a 59-page document.

Tyrone's realty company is registered in Kansas City, MO. Tyrone is accused of ignoring requests for a mandatory fire safety inspection. The village issued a notice of violation in April of 2011 after inspectors unsuccessfully tried to schedule a walk-through of the William Street property in January.

Cited violations in the building include building out 40 illegal office and tenant spaces over several years without Certificates of Occupancy. Inspectors also cataloged electrical problems and said the building lacked proper methods of egress.

Although code and building inspectors don't have the authority to evict tenants, some businesses may be forced to move or temporarily shut down "due to the fact that extensive work may be necessary to correct the violations, and several of the occupancies are going to require zoning approvals in order to stay," according to Steers.

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PC Proud March 06, 2012 at 01:17 PM
That's brilliant, more property off the tax roll.
Racman63 March 06, 2012 at 04:03 PM
For the Record. Anthony Tirone (check spelling) IS NOT the mentioned land owner. Anthony does not own the building, he is not related to Anthony Tyrone, he does not live in Old Greenwich and he does not own hundreds of rental properties. He is a Port Chester native son, a graduate of PCHS, a successful attorney and a friend. You should retract what you said about him.
Nik Bonopartis March 06, 2012 at 04:29 PM
There's confusion here because the names are similar. The person named in the documents associated with 200 William St. is *not* related to the Tirone family of Port Chester.
John B March 06, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Nik: You are too kind, because it is really confusing and difficult to differentiate between TYrone and TIrone
Rick March 07, 2012 at 02:35 PM
I also feel an apology is necessary from PC Native. You know what happens when you ass ume things.


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