IN DEPTH PODCAST: The Bronx fire and the building's history of complaints

The Bronx apartment building stands a day after a fire swept through the complex killing at least 17 people and injuring dozens of others, many of them seriously on January 10, 2022 in New York City. The five-alarm NYC fire began around 11 am Sunday when a space heater caught fire inside of a duplex apartment on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the 19-story apartment building.
The Bronx apartment building stands a day after a fire swept through the complex killing at least 17 people and injuring dozens of others, many of them seriously on January 10, 2022 in New York City. The five-alarm NYC fire began around 11 am Sunday when a space heater caught fire inside of a duplex apartment on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the 19-story apartment building. Photo credit (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – On the morning of January 9, a fire broke out at a Bronx high-rise. The blaze killed 17 people, including 8 children, and injured another 44 people.

In the following days, it was revealed that the fire was caused by a malfunctioning space heater. However, it was the building’s faulty doors that helped the heat and smoke to spread much quicker and cause the most harm to tenants at the top.

Prior to the fire, it seemed that the building had a history of complaints and safety violations. Why were they left unchecked for so long? On this week’s episode of 1010 WINS In Depth, host Femi Redwood aims to find out.

Speaking with Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, she discusses how the property owners continued to receive loans, while ignoring the numerous calls for improvements from residents. Williams also explains what changes in oversight renters might see in the future.

With a $3 billion dollar lawsuit already filed, Femi also sits down with attorney Michael Lamonsoff to discuss how strong of a case the surviving tenants might have.