Residents told to leave after apartment building condemned

Dozens of tenants are out of a place to stay and may have to sleep outside this evening because the place they live in is deemed unsafe.

That's according to the City of Glendale, inspectors say the Glendale West Apartments are a fire hazard. By 7 p.m. Wednesday evening people need to vacate, the residents living there got the news this morning and were unhappy.

The news they had to leave came as a shock to tenants.

"We got up this morning, our son took the dogs out to walk them, we came in and they said they are kicking us out," said Vickie Holmes.

Why? During a drug raid in the Glendale West Apartments a few months back, investigators noticed gross fire safety violations.

City inspectors found no firewalls, and a number of other structural problems they say make the place a fire trap.

They negotiated with the owner Kevin McMahan, but no repairs were made.

The City of Glendale hopes the evictions send a message to Mr. McMahan.

"Well he needs to take responsibility for his property, make sure it is a safe environment for his tenants," said Sam McAllen with the City of Glendale.

But the tenants ask, what are they supposed to do now?

"I have nowhere to go, my family is in Pennsylvania," said Laurie Young.

Where will Young sleep now that she is evicted?

"I don't know; I have no idea," she said.

The City of Glendale says they have a community action program on site trying to refer residents to a place they can stay that is safe.

"One of the tenants called the place to help people, and they were told they are out of funding, so everybody if you don't have family here you are out of luck," said Timothy Craig.

FOX 10 reached out to McMahan to get his side of the story, He issued the following statement:

Can't tell you how disappointed I am to hear about the evacuation. This is horrible... Last week my Contractor applied for a work permit to fix the safety issues... As of today the city is still reviewing our plans. So basically the city would not allow me to fix anything then evacuates all my tenants for not fixing anything. 


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