Investigators say the body of a man who was unaccounted for after Sunday night’s massive seven alarm fire in Chinatown has been found.
The body is believed to be that of an elderly man who lived on the top floor of 285 Grand Street, one of several buildings destroyed in the fire.
The city medical examiner is working to determine the exact cause of death.
Meanwhile, the Department of Buildings says the two fire-ravaged buildings will likely be demolished.
“The building and the owner has been cited numerous times, code violations, fire violations, and nothing has been done,” said Christopher Kui of Asian Americans for Equality.
DOB officials say two violations were issued to the building’s owners over the last several years including one in 2009 for an obstructed exit. Another was issued in 2008 for the blockage of a fire escape.
More than 250 firefighters from 66 units responded to the fire.
Several residents were taken to the hospital, including an 86-year-old woman who is listed in critical condition.
Around 30 firefighters and an EMS worker suffered minor injuries.
One firefighter suffered more serious burns.
More than 200 people have been displaced by the fire.
They are currently receiving assistance from the American Red Cross.
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