The Greeley Tribune Inspection Service Department found that, what was believed to be a condemned garage on Geneva Street in East Greeley Tribune, was actually a two-bedroom living unit.
Officials said there was enough space for 20 separate beds to accommodate 20 people, believed to be the flight attendants who crashed between flights.
“This unit was built illegally, hazardous materials were stored, smoke detectors were missing and there was no other means of evacuation,” a The department’s tweet said,
In a separate tweet, the department notes that permission is required before something can be built.
“Converting garages into residential units without going through proper procedures is a violation and more importantly unsafe for the occupants,” the department said. “Dangerous and flammable materials must be stored properly.”
Photos of the unit show a row of bunk beds with the property thrown over the top. There are also what appear to be stacked paint cans, and a plastic container commonly used to store gasoline.
The property was inspected on April 5. A subsequent condemnation hearing determined that the building was “unsuitable for human habitation”, according to notice of the decision from the inspection services.
“The residence unit, which is located in a commercial garage facility, is not permitted by the City of Greeley Tribune for residential use,” the decision says. “Kitchen and bathroom fixtures are installed without required permits, have no approved second means of exit from the residential space and smoke/carbon monoxide detectors are missing from the common area.”
The owner reportedly said he did not know a permit was required.
The occupants, of whom there were 19 at the time, were considered flight attendants, WHDH. According to, It is said that they were paying $300 a month to live there.
“They live there, they sleep there,” city inspector John Meaney told the news station. “They eat there. So it’s residential, it’s illegal and it’s dangerous. On paper, it’s a garage. They built an apartment on top of the garage, which is illegal. No permits pulled.”
“You really had a death trap. I don’t think any of them knew it.”
According to the decision, if a licensed contractor is hired to bring the property under code, along with a report of work and a schedule of repairs, the building can be removed from delinquency. The owner must also request an inspection from the city, among other conditions.
A re-inspection is slated for next Thursday to ensure that the property conforms to the city order.
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