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Investigators say NYCHA workers deliberately ignored safety checks of Bronx building

BRONX, N.Y. — Several New York City public housing maintenance workers are accused of ignoring important safety checks and covering them up by falsifying work orders, according to a Department of Investigation report.

In April, two children died in an apartment fire in the Bronx at the Butler Houses, just hours before the fire workers signed off saying the apartment had working smoke detectors.

Firefighters confirmed that was not true.

NYCHA spokesperson Jean Weinberg responded to the report saying "Safety is our top priority. It is simply unacceptable to put NYCHA residents at risk because of neglect or indifference."

Community advocate Tony Herbert is outraged over the report and what happened to the two children at Butler.

"We are tired of walking around here and seeing these conditions, then babies are dying," said Herbert. "This has to stop."

Many of the workers named in DOI report have resigned.