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UPDATE: Families Moved out of Rundown Fresno Inn

An update to a story we first brought you on Eyewitness News at 5. Some of the tenants inside an old Fresno motel infested with bugs and crumbling walls have moved out. The city boarded up some of the rooms. They're trying to get the owners to make repairs and relocate the people who live there.
An update to a story we first brought you on Eyewitness News at 5.

Some of the tenants inside an old Fresno motel infested with bugs and crumbling walls have moved out.

The city boarded up some of the rooms. They're trying to get the owners to make repairs and relocate the people who live there.

The Fresno Inn is located on Parkway Drive right off Highway 99 and Clinton Avenue.

Crews are in the process of closing down the Fresno Inn. There's no heat. The plumbing is leaking. And it's infested with bugs.

The first priority - take care of the families and elderly residents who've been staying here.

Michael Cumings and his family are packing up everything they own. And moving out of the Fresno Inn.

He and his wife and their three boys have shared this one room for the past three months.

"Every morning I wake up upset because of where I'm at and where my children are. I'm embarrassed," Cumings said.

Hard times lead them here.

But the city of Fresno says no one should be living in these conditions.

"The rooms should not be inhabited in the condition they are in," said Elaine Robles-McGraw, who is the Community Revitalization Manager for the city of Fresno.

Robles-McGraw and her crew spent more than ten hours at the Fresno Inn on Tuesday boarding up rooms that are unsafe, with broken pipes, dangerous electrical wiring, and crumbling walls.

"We had a couple of walls cave in today. Just when we reached out to touch the walls, the walls caved in," Robles-McGraw said.

The city is moving two families with children to another motel.

And two senior citizens were taken to the hospital for treatment. They too will get new housing.

The city has been trying to get the owners of the Fresno Inn to make repairs for the last year and a half. And now the city is ready to shut the place down. And send the bill to the Inn's owners.

"We will place a lien here for all of our time on the property, the board-ups that we've done. And we will bill back the rooms that we prepaid," Robles-McGraw said.

The other tenants will have to move out.

The buildings will eventually be torn down because CalTrans plans to put a facility here.
Michael is hoping this is the start of better things for his family.

"We will pull it together because of our children." Michael said.

Plumbers and electricians are supposed to show up Wednesday morning, according to the owners of the Inn.

If they don't, the city will condemn the entire motel.

Eyewitness News called the landlord today. He had no comment.
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