Apartment building’s residents kicked out in the rain

LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) – About two-dozen tenants of a Lockport apartment building were literally put out in the rain by the town’s building inspector.

A team of firefighters, sheriff’s deputies, and emergency crews converged on the building to kick the tenants out, and board up the building. But it’s still unclear why.

A Town of Lockport mom is angry her son had to wait hours to get his vital medication after getting locked out of his apartment Tuesday night.

“I think it’s terrible. We sat there all day, just for medication,” she said.

As more than two inches of rain drenched Niagara County, tenants of this 23-unit building had to find shelter the best way they could, after Lockport’s building inspector condemned the building, and had it boarded up for code violations.

Linval Blackwood lives in the building with his daughter, and told us the evictions started at 7 p.m., and in a few hours, it was over.

“I was here when the truck came, right? But after 7:00, I leave and I came back at 11:30, and when I came back, no vehicle was back there,” said Johnson.

After that, he was locked out.

Fire officials say an alarm was triggered Tuesday night and when it could not be reset, the building was considered a hazard.

We tried to find out from town building inspector, Brian Belson, what the other code violations were, but he remained at the top of the landing, and would not elaborate.

“It’s a lot of things. It’s about a dozen things. We want to get everything cleared so people can move back in,” he said.

Could there have been a better way to do this?

Ola Dickson said, “They just came in and threw everybody out, and gave them so many minutes to grab what they could grab, and they locked us out.”

Records show the building’s owner lives in Depew, and the property manager told News 4 he is being given a blank check to get the building back up to code.

We understand an alarm company is at the building now, and the tenants that are not staying with relatives are being put up at nearby hotels.

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