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Everett fire officials identify 16 properties with illegal apartments

EVERETT – Mayor Carlo DeMaria Jr. released the first official report from Fire Chief David Butler following his department’s initial week of residential inspections aimed at keeping neighborhoods and properties safe.

The EFD inspected 292 properties, finding 16 potential illegal apartments and 3 potential illegal single room occupancies. 29 properties have been scheduled for follow-up Fire Prevention Inspections due to violations.

The Inspection Unit also forwarded the report to the City’s Inspectional Services Department for follow-up on additional code and building violations on several properties.

The team was specifically on the lookout for  overcrowded homes and illegal apartments, a deep cause of concern for the public safety officials.

Inspectors also checked inside homes for working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and any visible interior conditions, which could potentially start a fire. common hazards such as home address numbers not affixed to properties and too much brush and trash outside a property, which can create a fire hazard.

“As I’ve said before, our neighborhoods are far too valuable to be lost to absentee landlords and nuisance property owners,  states DeMaria in a release. “We are going to be very aggressive this year in eliminating illegal apartments and illegal rooming houses.”

Uniformed Fire Department Personnel will continue conducting the inspections which will take place Monday’s through Friday’s from 9AM to 5PM.  Residents will receive a message through the City’s Blackboard Connect Notification system, during the week the department will be in their neighborhood.

The Prevention units aim to perform an initial sweep of every residential street over the course of the next five months.

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