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May 3, 2013

Building deemed fire hazard prior to blaze

Public Hearing scheduled for Monday


Knoxville —

Since the fire, the City of Knoxville has demanded that something be done with the structure at 110 East Robinson. A letter was received by the City from Gerald Heslinga, an attorney representing Vincent, on April 17. In it, a hearing was requested before the Knoxville City Council. 

"The City is demanding something that cannot be done in a short time or within a short notice," the letter from Heslinga reads. "The owner had no fire insurance, and no financial means to do a hasty demolition. She has attempted, and is attempting to find someone who will demolish it for title to the premises. She will make the same offer to the City." 

The letter also mentions a citation and civil penalty that have been levied against Vincent. Heslinga said these have only caused further delays. 

In a letter dated April 30, the City informed Vincent that a public hearing has been scheduled. That hearing will be at the regular Knoxville City Council meeting on Monday, May 6. The meeting will begin at 6:15 p.m. 


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