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VIOLATIONS PROMPT CLOSURE OF 6 LOCKPORT BUILDINGS

Twelve families were removed from their homes Wednesday after city officials shut down six apartment buildings, 51-56 Washington St., for massive code violations, Senior Building Inspector Harry Apolito said Thursday.

Apolito said the city was forced to close the buildings because the code violations were so bad. He said water had been shut off to the whole complex because of leaks. Some buildings had no heat and others were infested by cockroaches, he said.

The Red Cross, the Niagara County Social Services Department and the Salvation Army were assisting the residents and arranging for food and shelter, Apolito said. Eleven of the 23 apartments were not occupied.

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