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New Haven leaders consider rental policy changes after deadly house fire

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New Haven city leaders are now rethinking rental policies after a fire more than a week ago killed two people and injured five others, including four firefighters.

The city spokesperson Laurence Grotheer said after this tragedy they are taking another look at their residential rental licensing program.  He tells News 8 that the city wants a closer working relationship with property owners and landlords. 

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Right now, the house is listed with the city as a two family home and building permits were never pulled for any work in the last 20 years.

However, multiple residents have told us rooms were being rented out individually. At the time of the fire, firefighters say 16 people were in the house.

Monday morning, family and friends said goodbye to Michael Randall, 44.   A funeral for him started at ten this morning in New Haven.  

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Randall helped knock on doors to save his housemates, but he died along with his friend, Corey Reed.  Both were trapped on the third floor.  

All of the injured are expected to recover from their injuries. 

We called the landlord on his listed cell phone last week, he told us no comment.  

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State police are now helping in the investigation. They still have not pin-pointed a cause for the fire. 


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