Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 2:25:30 PM

Local News

Print Friendly | Bookmark and Share

Residents Question Smoke Detectors in Fatal Endicott Fire

Following the fatal fire in apartment 6 at 319 Exchange Ave in Endicott, neighbors reflect on the severity of the fire and 39-year-old Michael Kelley, who died despite efforts by a neighbor and firefighters to rescue him.

"There was so much smoke. The flames were pretty big," said Betty Headrick of apartment 14.

"The fire was blazing out and the guy is laying on the ground," said Tramell Mclaughlin of apartment 17.

Apartment 6 is currently completely boarded up as the investigation continues. As you can see here people have already placed flowers and candles in memory of the victim.

"It was pretty hard on the people that knew the guy. I had met him in passing and things. And he was a great guy, real sweet," said Headrick.

Although Kelley's death is fresh in the minds of neighbors, they've become concerned for their own safety.

"No alarms were going off. The whole time," said McLaughlin.
"I don't think anyone's here is really working well," said
Headrick.

Following the fire, a resident reported that the smoke detectors were faulty. Code enforcement has looked into the matter, and according to the Endicott Fire Department, those detectors were up to standard.

"Last time we did a certificate of compliance inspection there, every apartment had the correct number of smoke alarms," said Chief Joseph Griswold, of the Endicott Fire Department.

R&M Management Service manages the complex. It says the detectors are all in working order, and that they're checked every time a new tenant moves in. Residents say, that's still not enough.

"The thing is, they still don't work. It don't work and then you're holding me responsible for something that you should...this isn't my property," said McLaughlin.

According to the management company and state law, tenants are responsible for maintaining the smoke detectors. They sign an agreement to do this at the time of the lease, and should contact management if the detectors become faulty. On Exchange Ave in Endicott, Ayla Ferrone, Fox 40 HD News.

VIEW VIDEO

View Related Articles: Broome County, Endicott or comment on this one below.

blog comments powered by Disqus


Back Back

News system programming and website hosting by EFX internet  EFX internet


Breaking News


FREIN MANHUNT UPDATE: Possible Sighting Closes Schools
The Pocono Mountain School District is closed Tuesday following two possible sightings of suspected killer Eric Frein. Police say a Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department officer reported seeing a man dressed in green in the woods at about 2 p.m. Monday. Police say school has been cancelled as a result of the nearby police... more

Additional Articles


New Superintendent for S-V Schools VIEW VIDEO
The Susquehanna Valley School District has named a new superintendent. Joseph Dyer will succeed the retiring Gerardo Tagliaferri, who is retiring after 27 years.  Dyer is currently serving in his... more

Susquehanna Murder Suspect Due in Court Next Week VIEW VIDEO
Meanwhile the next scheduled court appearance for Jonathan Kopacz is set for next Monday in New Milford, according to the Magisterial District Court.     Kopacz is charged with the murder of... more

Jury Selected in Trial of JC Man Accused of Killing Neighbor VIEW VIDEO
The jury was selected Monday in the trial of a Johnson City man accused of killing his downstairs neighbor in an attempted robbery.     Christopher Davis is charged with one count of Murder in... more

Big Changes for the BC Child Care Plan VIEW VIDEO
Some major changes are on the way for the Broome County Department of Social Services and Child Care Plan. The department provides subsidized day care for about 826 families per month and 1450... more

New Funding for A New Hope VIEW VIDEO
A New Hope Center from Owego is getting over $75,000 from the state to help fight domestic violence.    The award is part of $4.3 million handed out to 56 prevention programs in the state.... more

Cortlandville Man in Jail After Domestic Dispute VIEW VIDEO
A 21 year old town of Cortlandville man is in jail after pushing his sister down a flight of stairs. Grady Mabry was arrested on October 15th after officers from the Cortland County Sheriff's... more

Broome County Sheriff Candidate Speaks to Local Group VIEW VIDEO
A local constitutional group got to know Sheriff candidate Chris Bracco. On Monday evening, Bracco addressed the local Constitutional group "Americans for Restoring the Constitution". He talked... more

Click here for more local news...icon

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 A News Story

If you are looking for a copy of a news story that we recently aired, simply click here to find out how.

Breaking News

Do you have a tip or information about a breaking news story? Contact the FOX 40 News Desk at 607.798.0070 or send us an email .




ADVERTISEMENT

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Stumble It More...