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Families are Left Homeless After Their Homes are Condemned

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HINTON (WVVA)- Two families are left homeless after a row of houses on temple and eleventh street were declared condemned.

Officials say the sidewalks and stair cases were crumbling to the ground. The houses were slowly shifting. According to Mayor Joe Blankenship, "the road had dropped two feet within the last few months."

He says eight buildings were condemned. Only two of the buildings had residents living in them.

The cause of the issue is unknown. Blankenship says while he knows this is devastating for the families he is more worried about their safety.

"I would rather defend myself on condemning a house and being proactive than defend myself for somebody losing a life and getting seriously injured by not doing anything."- Joe Blankenship

The Red Cross offered to put the families in a motel room. Mayor Joe Blankenship has assisted in finding them housing as well.

The next step for the city is to bring in Engineers from the Department of Highways.

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