Updated 04/16/2012 06:08 PM
Grandview complex under safety investigation before fire
Crowds form outside the Grandview Palace Condominiums after flames destroyed the property. YNN's Elaina Athans has the latest from the Town of Fallsburg.
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FALLSBURG, N.Y. -- Spots continued to kick up Monday at the Grandview Palace Complex after a weekend fire. The property has been under investigation.
"I have nothing left. All my stuff is gone," said Grandview resident Craig Robinson.
Robinson has temporarily made the Fieldhouse at Sullivan County Community College his new home. He is living at the shelter, along with other Grandview residents.
The fire happened Saturday at a place the Town of Fallsburg previously put under investigation for numerous safety code violations.
"I'm upset. Things should have been taken care of correctly the right way," said Robinson.
The town says it learned the Grandview did have not properly working sprinklers, fire escape doors and lighting.
"Of course, the building should have been code compliant. I can't tell you why it wasn't," said Fallsburg Town Supervisor Steven Vegliante.
The town did not fine the owners of the Grandview. Instead, they entered into an agreement to quickly bring the complex up to code. The town says updates were being made and until the work was complete, a Fire Watch team was assembled to keep residents safe. That team is ultimately being credited for saving lives.
"Security guards that were put on performing the Fire Watch where the first to find the fire and basically get the alarms out and get the people out of the building," said Vegliante.
Arson investigators from two counties are still looking into what caused the weekend inferno. Police tell YNN it could be a while before they knew what caused residents to lose almost everything.
There were no fatalities in the fire.
"I'm glad to be alive and the firefighters did a lot of work there. They were very brave," said Robinson.
The president of Grandview was not available for comment.