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The alley between buildings at the Curtis Inn is blocked off to traffic after city officials ordered the removal or repair of the overhead walkway. Officials determined the walkway “a danger to the public and to inhabitants of the hotel.”
The alley between buildings at the Curtis Inn is blocked off to traffic after city officials ordered the removal or repair of the overhead walkway. Officials determined the walkway “a danger to the public and to inhabitants of the hotel.” (Photo by ) View Image

By Mount Vernon News
October 23, 2012 10:59 am EDT

 

MOUNT VERNON — The eastern section of the Curtis Inn is being shut down by the Mount Vernon Fire Department and the Ohio State Fire Marshal’s Office.

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“An unacceptable amount of code violations that were deemed to be of imminent danger to life and property,” said Mount Vernon Fire Chief Chris Menapace. “The Curtis Inn was mandated to evacuate and discontinue the usage of the kitchen, the catwalk connecting the east and west portions of the hotel, and the entire eastern portion of the hotel.”

These areas will remain closed for an indefinite period of time.

The current occupants of the non-compliant portions of the facility have been given until noon on Wednesday to vacate their rooms.

These actions are a result of the annual certified fire inspection which took place this morning.

“Because of the sanitation and issues regarding public health, the Knox County Health Department was called to the scene and was present for the majority of the inspection,” Menapace said. “Numerous violations to the Ohio Fire Code were noted falling into many layers of severity and concern.”

Menapace said the facility has been placed under a fire watch.

The Mount Vernon News is investigating the results of the inspection as well as the displacement of those renting rooms at the hotel. More information will be published in Wednesday’s edition of the News.

 


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