(en)NYC Squatters

Blackout Books & Infoshop (Blackout@panix.com)
Mon, 10 Feb 1997 14:13:49 -0500

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At 3:30 on Sunday February 9, 1997 a fire broke out in a second floor apartment at 5th Street Squat. No people were injured although 2 or 3 dogs died in the fire. Damage to the building was limited to an area of about 20% of the building and didn't affect the structural integrity of the building. The Buildings Department issued an emergency demolition order without doing any inspection. Residents of the squat were allowed to remove some personal possesions on Monday morning. As demolition began at approximately 1:00 pm police were notified that people were still inside the building. A call was recieved at Blackout Books from a building resident saying he was hiding inside the building. The noise of the demolition equipment could be heard in the background. Police refused to stop the demolition equipment which had already began tearing of portions of the 6th floor until one squatter emerged on the roof. Police Emergency squads are now attemting to enter the building to search for squatters hiding inside.

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