EAST HAMPTON, Long Island — Nearly three dozen people were found living in a single-family home on Long Island in what police called “dangerous and hazardous conditions.”
Officers with the East Hampton Town Police Department served a search warrant at the house shortly after 6 a.m. on Monday, after the town’s Ordinance Enforcement Department issued an investigation into the property.
In all, 32 people were found to be living in the house.
Police said 18 of the inhabitants were found sleeping on mattresses in the basement near the gasoline generator and gasoline storage tank.
“This situation not only caused a fire hazard in that there were no smoke detectors in place to detect, but the use of the generator could have created deadly levels of carbon monoxide,” police said.
The house did not have any required carbon monoxide detectors in place.
Police called the house’s code violations “direct threats to the life and safety of the occupants.”
Multiple charges of code violations could slap tens of thousands of dollars in fines on the home’s owner.
The house, which is on Railroad Avenue, is owned by Evan Davis, of Jamaica, Queens, polic said.
Davis was not present when officers searched the home and will be issued an appearance ticket when he’s found, police said.
Most of the home’s occupants aren’t from East Hampton, but are living there because they are employed by local businesses, police said. They told investigators that they pay between $100 and $150 in cash every week to live in the house.
“Overcrowded housing such as this not only places residents in dangerous conditions but poses a risk to public safety and the environment when septic systems are overtaxed, and diminishes the quality of life for others in neighborhoods designed for single-family residences,” East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc said.