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Apartment roof collapse displaces Avondle families


SHEREE: FOR CONTINUING COVERAGE, CHECK OUT OUR MOBILE APP. MIKE: A PROPERTY OWNER COULD BE HAULED IN THE FEDERAL COURT AFTER SEVERAL FAMILIES WERE FORCED FROM THEIR HOMES WHEN THE BUILDINGS CEILING CAME CRASHING DOWN. COURTIS FULLER HAS THE LATEST FROM THE NEWSROOM. REPORTER: AN ATTORNEY WORKING WITH THE FAMILIES SAID IT THEY HAVE A LONG LIST OF CODE ENFORCEMENT ORDERS. THE CITY INSPECTED THE BUILDING AND MADE NOTE OF SIGNIFICANT ISSUES. WITHIN 10 DAYS, THE ROOF FELL IN AND CAUSED CHAOS. MY UNCLE KNOCKED ON THE DOOR AND THE FIREFIGHTERS TOLD US WE HAD TO EVACUATE BECAUSE THE ROOF WAS CAVING IN. REPORTER: SHE IS ONLY 11 BUT HER MESSAGE RESONATES CLEARLY. THIS IS THE AVONDALE APARTMENT BUILDING WERE THE ROOF COLLAPSED FRIDAY. THEY SAID WE ARE HERE BECAUSE IT WAS 4:00 IN THE MORNING. I DID NOT KNOW WHAT WAS GOING ON. PEOPLE SAID WE HAD TO GET OUT. SHEREE: — REPORTER: 30 FAMILIES ARE NOW DISPLACED. THE OWNER SAID WE WILL PUT YOU IN A HOTEL. FOR ONE WEEK. THAT ONE WEEK ENDS THIS FRIDAY. REPORTER: RESIDENTS SAY WHAT HAPPENED COULD’VE BEEN AVOIDED. ONE COMMUNITY ADVOCATE SAYS THAT ALL OF THE PROPERTIES NEED WORK. WE MAY NOT SEE THEM TODAY BUT WE COULD SEE THEM IN THE FUTURE BECAUSE THEIR CONDITIONS ARE JUST AS GRAVE. I HAVE A HEART FOR ALL OF THESE BABIES HERE. AND IT’S NOT FAIR. FOR THE OWNER TO SAY HE’S GOING TO BACK OUT. IT YOU ARE WRONG. AND I HOPE AFTER TODAY, SOMETHING IS DONE TO HIM. REPORTER: I TALKED TO A LOCAL ATTORNEY AND HE SAYS THEY ARE WORKING HARD TO KEEP UP WITH THE MAINTENANCE ISSUES. HE SAID THAT TO HIS KNOWLEDGE, THERE WERE VERY FEW OPEN ORDERS FOR MAINTENANCE ISSUES. MUCH OF THIS WAS BECAUSE OF PROBLEMS WITH AN OLD MANAGEMENT GROUP. MIKE: WE ARE

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