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Officials: 120 code violations found, 16 rooms condemned at Spartanburg motel

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The Brookwood Inn was condemned on Thursday. (March 20, 2014/FOX Carolina) The Brookwood Inn was condemned on Thursday. (March 20, 2014/FOX Carolina)
A resident shows FOX Carolina what he found under the wallpaper. (March 21, 2014/FOX Carolina) A resident shows FOX Carolina what he found under the wallpaper. (March 21, 2014/FOX Carolina)
More than 70 families were displaced. (March 21, 2014/FOX Carolina) More than 70 families were displaced. (March 21, 2014/FOX Carolina)
A condemned notice hung on a door of the motel. (March 20, 2014/FOX Carolina) A condemned notice hung on a door of the motel. (March 20, 2014/FOX Carolina)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

More than 70 families have been displaced after a motel in Spartanburg was condemned on Thursday.

Spartanburg County Code Enforcement Officers found violations at the Brookwood Inn on College Drive that deputies said were severe enough for them to condemn the building.

Lt. Tony Ivey said Code Enforcement and the sheriff's office were working with local agencies to find temporary housing for the families on Thursday.

On Friday, Code Enforcement Officers and officers with the Environmental Enforcement Department were at the hotel going room-by-room where they said they found 120 various code violations. 

The County Building Inspectors then condemned 16 individual rooms because of the code violations.

But the hotel management said families will not be allowed to spend the night there Friday, regardless of the county's decision.

One resident told FOX Carolina on Thursday that they did not know what they would do for a place to live. Lorraine Parris said she and her husband, a disabled Vietnam veteran, had lived at the inn for six months.

"How are we going to do this? I don't understand," she said.

Other residents said the problems with mold, bed bugs and hot water had been an issue on-and-off for a while.

With the short notice to find a place to stay, some local group stepped in Thursday to help.

"No kid will go without a shelter tonight, if we have to we'll put them in every church around town," said Tim Holden with Seeds of Hope Restoration Church.

K&C Hospitality released a statement Friday saying they were awarded full receivership of the hotel as of 11 a.m. Friday.

The company said, "They apologize to all families inconvenienced by the actions of former management and its employees."

The statement went on to say they will welcome the families back as soon as county authorities have given "Conditional approval to transact business and correct violations cited to previous management."

The company went on to say, "We will not rest until situation has been restored to normal and plead to all displaced families again, 'Do give us a chance,' we will make it right and personally apologize to each one of you for [the] inconvenience caused by actions of [the] former management and its employees. They screwed it up, we will make it right."

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