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Building where fire injured 16 was illegally subdivided: FDNY

By Kirstan Conley and Joe Tacopino NYPOST.com

An apartment in the Brooklyn building where a blaze killed a tenant and injured 16 others had been illegally divided into cramped, dangerous living spaces, FDNY sources said.

The fire, sparked by a faulty refrigerator wire, broke out at about 12:35 a.m. Wednesday in a three-story building on Flatbush Avenue near Farragut Road that also housed a storefront church, ­according to the sources.

The tenement was plagued by perilous electrical conditions, ­including exposed wires, fire ­marshals said. After the blaze, the Department of Buildings ordered the remaining residents to vacate.

The owner of the building told The Post that without his consent, a second-floor tenant had created 11 illegal small rooms in his apartment.

The fire claimed the life of a man, believed to be in his early 20s, whose identity was not ­immediately known, cops said.

The blaze was confined to the second and third floors of the building and firefighters got it ­under control at about 1:55 a.m., officials said.

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