18 residents of a Fall River apartment displaced by city

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — Over a dozen Fall River residents were displaced Monday after city officials shut down an apartment building on South Main Street.

The city stated that the building, which housed 18 people including seven children, was in violation of fire code.

One woman, who wished to remain anonymous,  described the scene to Eyewitness News. “They came with trolleys and we had about two hours to get some things to come over here,” she said.

She, along with her husband and five children, was forced to stay at the Capri Motel. Other residents took shelter at the Dartmouth Hotel.

According to the woman, this came after many issues with the landlord.

“I got to a point where when my fridge just stopped working I called the landlord and he’s like what do you want me to do? So I had to go buy a fridge myself,” she stated.

A health report obtained by Eyewitness News revealed that the Fall River Building Division had documentation for 59 citations at the building.

The report showed citations for loose handrails, missing lights, a leaky refrigerator, a clogged tub and more.

“All I know is that apartment is closed down. There’s no going back to that place. So now we are basically sitting and waiting to see what happens next,” said the woman.

In the meantime, she said that the city is working to find them housing.