Inspection reports for condemned Fountain City apartments show n

Inspection reports for condemned Fountain City apartments show numerous violations

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The 24 residents had just a few hours to leave the apartments on Scheel Road. The 24 residents had just a few hours to leave the apartments on Scheel Road.
When fire inspectors showed up Tuesday, they decided to condemn the building, saying the conditions were too dangerous for anyone to live in. (source: City of Knoxville) When fire inspectors showed up Tuesday, they decided to condemn the building, saying the conditions were too dangerous for anyone to live in. (source: City of Knoxville)
6 News also obtained pictures taken by the inspectors, showing cracked walls, damaged steps, rotting wood, a sagging roof, missing gutters and busted out windows. (source: City of Knoxville) 6 News also obtained pictures taken by the inspectors, showing cracked walls, damaged steps, rotting wood, a sagging roof, missing gutters and busted out windows. (source: City of Knoxville)

By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - 6 News obtained inspection reports for the Crest View apartment building condemned by Knoxville city officials Tuesday.

The 24 residents had just a few hours to leave the apartments on Scheel Road.

Officials tell 6 News code officers have been there more than 50 times since 2007. Those inspections involved non-emergency violations.

When fire inspectors showed up Tuesday, they decided to condemn the building, saying the conditions were too dangerous for anyone to live in.

Tuesday's inspection report cites eight major exterior violations. 6 News also obtained pictures taken by the inspectors, showing cracked walls, damaged steps, rotting wood, a sagging roof, missing gutters and busted out windows.

The inspector wrote in the report, "no vents allows varmints to enter," and "numerous leaks throughout the building."

Officials also say code enforcement officers have been called to six different apartments in the building since 2011. During those visits, inspectors found bed bugs, leaking toilets, holes in the walls and floor damage. All of those are considered non-emergency violations.

The emergency issues were found Tuesday after a tip from resident Michael Calton prompted fire inspectors to immediately respond.

"Once we were made aware of it and we came out and saw the conditions firsthand, we couldn't ignore it. We had to act on it," said D.J. Corcoran, with the Knoxville Fire Department.

Corcoran says they condemned the building because of several life safety violations, including inoperable smoke alarms, no fire extinguishers and holes in the walls.

Despite residents having to evacuate, Calton says he stands by his decision to report these problems because the landlord refused to fix them.

"I hope everyone sees it as an opportunity. I know this is not what we expected to happen, we really thought this would be a step for the better," Calton said.

Residents are allowed to move their belongings out during the day, but they have to be out by 7:30 p.m. Corcoran says no one is allowed to move back in until the owner gets the building up to code.

Calton says he plans to sue the owner to get back his security deposit and part of his rent money for March.

The American Red Cross assisted residents Tuesday night, but they say everyone has since made other arrangements.

This case is scheduled for a hearing with inspection officials on March 28. 

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