Faulty sprinklers force FDNY to close six businesses in West Farms

(08/03/04) WEST FARMS - The New York City Fire Department has closed six businesses housed in an East Tremont Avenue building Tuesday because of faulty fire sprinkler systems.

According to the fire department, the sprinkler systems in the building do not work. Fire officials say they had no choice but to lock up the stores because the building's landlord, Brian Popper, has not returned any of their phone calls about the matter. A FDNY spokesman says the closure was necessary to keep the people working at those businesses safe.

Owners and employees of the recently-closed stores say they are going to lose money until the building is reopened. The FNDY says the structure will remain closed until the landlord can prove the sprinkler system is working again.

A Popper Properties representative told News 12 The Bronx that a plumber was on the way to the building to rectify the situation.

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