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Port Jeff Station Gas Leak Home Was Illegally Split Into Multi-Family Units

Town of Brookhaven officials confirmed that house had up to 10 people residing in it at time of carbon monoxide leak.

After 11 people were hospitalized - two in critical condition - from carbon monoxide poisoning at , the Town of Brookhaven condemned the home at 512 Jayne Blvd. after finding it had been illegally split into multiple living spaces.

According to a report by the Brookhaven Town Fire Marshal, the two people in critical condition – a 44-year old woman and an 11-year old boy – were transported to . Six others were transported to and three were transported to .

Brookhaven Town Fire Marshals were called in and found that generators were running below ground in the rear of the house in an outside basement stairwell. The generators were said to be the cause of the carbon monoxide leak. Electric service had been terminated to the home.

The town’s building division condemned the residence for occupancy. The fire marshal also issued three summonses to the property owner - listed as Armando Cepeda, who purchased the property in June 2006 - for creating and maintaining a hazardous condition, no smoke detectors and for not having a carbon monoxide detector.

The house had been illegally split into a multi-family dwelling at some point in time.

According to a Town of Brookhaven spokesperson, the home had four separate living areas. Three of the illegal apartments had kitchens, one on the main floor, one in the garage, and another in the basement. There was also one other separate single room occupancy living space with no kitchen in a room at the rear of the house. Town building division records only showed the house, built in 1967, had been approved as a single-family residence with one kitchen, three bedroom, one and a half baths and an attached garage.

At the time of the carbon monoxide poisoning, the home had been listed for sale.

Calls to the real estate agent have not been returned as of the writing of this article. On the listing’s website the home is described at an “affordable three bedroom ranch situated on 1/3 acre.” It is described as a short sale to be sold “as is.”

Dennis Sandstrom, a neighbor who lives across the street, told Patch in an interview after the incident that he saw people coming and going from the house frequently.

“They’d sneak around the back an excessive amount,” Sandstrom said. “Always in and out, in and out.”

The Town of Brookhaven confirmed that there were “possibly 10 persons living in the house.” The male child who was critically injured was visiting for the night.

Other members of the household who were released from area hospitals all made alternate arrangements for housing on their own.

There is no update on the critically injured child and adult woman.

Me May 09, 2012 at 06:37 PM
If you have to CENSOR it is a violation of MY 1st amend rights I will never log on or support your page due to the censorship and I WILL PASS IT ON!!!!
Matthew Lott May 09, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Remember, their most important function is to Vote, and you know who they are going to vote for...The Status Quo.
just me May 11, 2012 at 10:24 PM
The house at 518 was sold as a cash sale to a couple that buys homes as a business. The former owners owned the Dunkin' donuts at the end of Jayne and sold the house in 2005 after putting a huge extension on. 520 was sold in 2001; this is the house we had the most problems with. Visitors coming to the house would block our driveway so we had to find them to move their car. Kids outside playing in the street (a busy road mind you) at 1 and 2 in the morning. I counted 30 people living there when we moved. 15 lived there during the day and 15 at night. When I called to complain, I called the town, as well as the law department. They sent someone out but since they could not gain access to the inside of the house they did nothing. There are FIVE entrance doors...two are right next to each other. We got disgusted with how the neighborhood was changing, and moved out.
Jeff May 16, 2012 at 11:16 PM
It just keeps getting worse... Come down to Squires and Jayne. The furniture is outside, about 15 people living there, late night parties that I can hear a block away. Same issue on Superior. My block is a mess. 32 Superior has three apartments in a split level. House is unkempt. Kids don't go to school... Several houses have be foreclosed and they are a hazard. My property value is crap - and all we are worried about is saving the river. Gimme a break!!!
Matthew Lott May 17, 2012 at 03:47 AM
Remember the Brookhaven "Quality of Life Task Force" ? Go to this link, to see their online newsletter "photo albums", above, to show you what a Joke it was, and still is in this Town ! It features Mark Lesko, Connie Kepert, Jane Bonner, and the other "Usual Suspects" taking credit in their districts for, allegedly, "cleaning up" Brookhaven ! http://www.brookhaven.org/Departments/LawDepartment/QualityofLifeTaskForce.aspx At this link, Kathleen Walsh takes credit in 2010 for closing down FOUR illegal homes in Port Jeff Station...seems like these were the ONLY FOUR illegal homes, actually closed down since then 2010, along with the one above ! http://www.brookhaven.org/PressRoom/tabid/56/newsid970/709/Default.aspx Well, closing down 5 illegal homes, is a lot for TWO YEARS, in Brookhaven, considering that Tax Payers are supposed to have "short term memory" about these things ! Good thing, TaX Payers can forget, or they would be upset about a thing like that, wouldn't they ? Aren't you ?

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