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Vacate order still stands on SOP house

One year after Thanksgiving explosion

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Posted: Wednesday, November 25, 2015 10:30 am

Almost a year after an explosion blew a gaping hole in the rear of a house in South Ozone Park last Thanksgiving, a full-vacate order is still placed on it and there have been complaints of illegal construction going on there, according to city Department of Buildings records.

The house, located at 107-55 108 St., was the scene of an explosion due to the misuse of a stove in an “illegally renovated setback apartment,” FDNY officials told the Queens Chronicle last December.

A full-vacate order was immediately placed on the property by the DOB, due to the structural stability being affected, which at press time on Nov. 24 was still effective.

A Chronicle reporter saw last Friday that the hole in the back of the house had been fixed, though any work done to the house may not have been done lawfully.

There have been two complaints of illegal construction on the house, city records state, the first of which stated there was no building permit posted on March 17.

On April 6, the DOB issued a violation for “construction,” but the website does not specify what infraction was allegedly committed.

Permits have been filed to do work on the first and second floor of the house, city records state.

There was nobody at the home when a Chronicle reporter visited it last week and the homeowner, Boonness Harrychand, is not listed in the online phonebook, though he previously had been.

Harrychand has faced DOB penalties in the past.

In 2009, the DOB stated that the “entire house was converted into single room occupancies without a permit.” Similarly, in 2008 Harrychand was cited because the basement of the house had been developed as an illegal unit.

Last year, the DOB stated the house was illegally altered to accommodate four or more families.

There were two violations issued for illegal construction on the day of the explosion, city records state.

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