Dozens of NYC migrants found packed into second illegal makeshift shelter

 A second building in New York City that was illegally converted into a shelter for West African immigrants living in cramped conditions has been raided, according to a report, with both buildings owned by the same owner.

On Wednesday, city officials swept a two-story commercial building on East Kingsbridge Road in Fordham, where they found 34 beds on the first floor and 11 beds packed tightly together in the basement," a spokesperson for FNFY told Fox News Digital. told.

The New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) tells Fox 5 that inspectors also found extension cords, e-bikes, space heaters and hotplates inside the Bronx building. Lithium batteries caused a record number of fires, injuries, and deaths in New York City. last year, according to the FDNY.

Dozens of African immigrants found packed in store basement, sleeping in shifts

Due to dangerous life-threatening conditions, lack of natural light and ventilation, and extreme overcrowding, the DOB issued an order for complete evacuation of the store. The department also issued the landlord two violations for failure to maintain the building and occupying the building contrary to city records, The New York Post reported.

The store, located at 305 East Kingsbridge Road, appears to have formerly housed a cell phone store and is located just a few blocks from Fordham University.

Video from inside the building shows a room with tightly packed bunk beds, divided by a narrow corridor.

The tenants, who are mostly from Senegal, told Fox 5 they were paying $300 a month to live there but were ordered to collect their belongings and leave.

Several people were seen carrying suitcases out of the building as NYPD officers watched. One man told Fox 5 he didn't know where he would sleep Wednesday night. Some people were seen boarding buses and being taken to city-run shelters.

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The FDNY said numerous other violations were also committed for the dangerous conditions of the buildings, including lack of emergency exit signs, failure to produce portable fire extinguisher records and failure to maintain fire alarm systems and keep exits clear. .

The cleanup came just two days after a building in Queens was converted into a makeshift hostel, with at least 74 migrants crammed into the first floor and basement of a furniture store.

Abou Saar, 47, is listed as the owner of both buildings, Fox 5 reports, citing city records.

The New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) also issued a full evacuation order for a store called Serres Wholesale Furniture, located at 132-02 Liberty Avenue in Richmond Hill.

Sarr told Pix11 News on Monday that he was charging migrants $300 a month to live there.

He said most of the migrants are from Senegal and he is providing them breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Cellphone video from inside the building shows African men in a bright white room filled with low-floor beds. The beds are placed close to each other with limited walking room – a narrow lane runs through the room with beds on either side. Another video shows a similar room filled with bunk beds.

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