Mayor McCarthy said Jay Street fire investigation under review

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – It’s been exactly two months since the deadly fire ripped through two Jay Street apartment buildings.

The March 6 fire has been ruled accidental but questions surrounding the maintenance of the building continue. Multiple requests by NEWS10 ABC to see inspection reports on the buildings have been denied.

At least one lawsuit has been filed against the owners of 104 Jay St. and the company that maintained the property out of Glenville.

The lawsuit claims the defendant didn’t properly maintain and inspect the fire alarms and sprinklers and by disconnecting the smoke detectors in the building’s common areas. Officials confirmed there were no sprinklers in the building but that was grandfathered in with the city not requiring them.

“It’s an ongoing review and investigation from the fire, and those documents will be made available in a timely manner consistent with that review,” Mayor Gary McCarthy said.

McCarthy said as long as the investigation is ongoing the documents will not be released.

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