DALLAS — The condominiums where a Dallas firefighter lost his life in May may soon be shut down.
It's going to cost more than a $1.5 million to fix all the code problems at the Hearthwood Condominiums in the 12300 block of Abrams Road.
The homeowners association is already in bankruptcy and doesn't have the money to fix the problems, and that is going to leave some residents on the streets.
Veronica Barajas and her four children will soon have to find another place to live because city inspectors said her condo is not safe.
"Very big mess," she said.
The problems with the condos are outlined in a letter to homeowners from the trustee of the homeowners association. It says Dallas Fire-Rescue gave the complex 27 citations for code violations which are supposed to be corrected in two weeks.
The letter was dated last month.
"Two weeks have already passed, and the majority of the codes are not up to date," Barajas said.
The code violations came to light after the six-alarm fire destroyed one building of the complex on May 20. Firefighter Stanley Wilson was killed when a roof collapsed on him.
"It's sad to say, I hate a person had to die for them to see," Barajas said.
Tenants and the homeowners association have been in embroiled in lawsuits from insurance money involving another six-alarm fire four years ago.
The letter to homeowners says a judge "is not going to allow the property to remain open if it has code violations."
So the majority of owners in the association voted to shut the place down.
Renters like Stafford Shaviers said he has no place to go. "I am basically homeless just trying to survive," he said.
The shutdown of the condos still has to be approved by a judge. It's unclear how long residents have before they must move out.