Fatal Flatbush fire raises questions about faulty smoke detectors

FLATBUSH - Days after a fatal fire ripped through a Flatbush apartment, tenants are questioning whether the building?s smoke detectors ever worked.

The smell of smoke still wafts through the halls of 1809 Albemarle Rd. after police say a toddler playing with matches started the fire Friday. Residents say they didn?t hear smoke alarms and they want management to check if they are working.

Sandra Stephens, 45, died in the blaze. Authorities say her 2-year-old son accidentally set a mattress on fire. According to officials, the toddler was burned over more than half his body. Several other relatives who were staying with Stephens also suffered injuries.

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