CHICAGO (CBS) — A rollercoaster journey for dozens of households dwelling in a south suburban lodge after indicators went up saying they needed to transfer out due to security issues.
But late Wednesday afternoon, they realized they’ll keep. CBS 2’s Steven Graves stories from Matteson with what modified. The native hearth division claimed large issues wanted to be mounted and resolved after folks felt the panic of presumably not having wherever to dwell. Mother of 5 Stephanie McWilliams was harassed Wednesday morning.
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“I’s really really hard.”
The motel been McWilliams’ residence for the previous weeks after surviving home violence, reacting and dashing to search out what to do after Tuesday’s news, that she and different folks staying at a Travel Lodge Hotel in Matteson must go away by 5:00 Wednesday night.
“Being here has actually been comforting for us,” she stated.
Mc Williams added she has additionally felt protected, regardless of what the Matteson Fire Department described as “an abundance” of code and security violations.” The hearth chief stated they had been first notified in February of final 12 months when somebody staying there complained.
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Fire officers later reported discovering malfunctioning smoke alarms in 20 rooms and sprinklers system points on the higher ranges. Hotel administration stated they had been maintaining with alarm upgrades and a management panel solely wanted minor fixes. They claimed the fireplace division jumped the gun in threating a shut down and work with contractors to repair points was ongoing.
“But due to COVID, we have to wait until the people was able to come and give us our turn. And today was that. It was scheduled for today,” stated supervisor Latricia Washington.
“The fire alarm issue has been an issue in the past and its resolved now,” added Matteson Fire Chief Michael Bacon.
On Wednesday, hearth and metropolis inspectors got here out and gave the all clear. Meaning, round 80 folks like McWilliams are relieved they’ll keep. The hearth chief didn’t go into additional element on if there shall be additional inspections on different potential points.
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CBS 2 reached out to the Village of Matteson, however thus far, no response. The sister firm of the lodge, Wyndam Hotels, stated it did attain out to the proprietor right here once they realized of issues, however it’s unclear when that occurred.