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Salt Lake City Fire Marshal grants extension of Fire Watch at Georgia Apartments

Today, the Salt Lake City Division of Housing and Neighborhood Development (HAND) reported they have successfully engaged 30 of the occupied units at the Georgia Apartments with a housing plan to facilitate an evacuation order of the property. Of those, 24 units have immediate housing secured, six units are in various stages of housing assistance, with only one unit not yet engaged. There are 31 occupied units at the building.

Based on this information, the Salt Lake City Fire Marshal has extended the 24-hour safety “fire watch” until Saturday, February 16that NOON. Following the new evacuation deadline, Salt Lake City will provide means to access the building with an escort, as necessary, if personal items were left behind.

Following a “Red Tag” order by the Fire Marshal on February 11th, HAND set-up a Housing Outreach Center to assist with residents with housing needs. Service at the center are being provided by employees of the Salt Lake City and County Housing Authorities, Utah Community Action, Salt Lake City Police Department’s Community Connection Center, Department of Workforce Services, the Road Home, Utah Nonprofit Housing Coalition, and the Other Side Academy, which is providing free moving services to residents.

“It is incredible how quickly our teams worked to find new housing solutions for the residents of Georgia Apartments, who are having their lives uprooted because of the actions of their landlord,” said Mayor Jackie Biskupski. “This was a difficult decision to make, but our Fire professionals will always prioritize the safety of all Salt Lake City residents above all else.”

The Fire Marshall has also prepared a Cease and Desistorder to be issued to the owner of the Georgia Apartments. The order prohibits the owner from indicating to residents that they do not need to evacuate which directly interferes with the lawful order of evacuation issued by the Salt Lake City Fire Department.

Contact: Matthew Rojas

385-228-2365 –  matthew.rojas@slcgov.com

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