Johnson City Building Condemned

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Mar 25, 2010 at 10:19 AM EST

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Everyone living in an apartment building in Johnson City is now being forced out after a 19 month old infant gets wedged between two floors of the building.

All Wednesday afternoon, tenants at 78 Main Street were packing up their belongings and moving out.

This after Johnson City Code enforcers condemned the building, declaring it an unsafe place to live.

It all started around one o'clock Wednesday afternoon when 19 month old, Jayden Newman, was found trapped inside this heating vent here at 78 Main Street in Johnson City.

There's a hole in the floor where the vent cover should be which enabled him to climb inside.

His mother was in the bathroom at the time.

"I heard him screaming and crying so i ran out in the living and i heard screaming from the vent. So I ran downstairs to my mom's house and told her to call 911," said Alicia Newman.

Firefighters freed Newman by pulling him out from the bottom of the vent in the basement, two floors down from where he fell in.

Now, Johnson City Code Enforcement is condemning the building, after NYSEG inspectors found numerous violations inside the complex.

Broken windows, busted walls and beat up couches line some walls of the building.

Code Enforcement has red tagged many of the appliances in the building as unsafe.

And all tenants in the 12 apartments must find a temporary place to stay.

" I don't want to leave," said tenant Bobbie Jo Newman.

The Red Cross has set up a site for anyone still looking for shelter.

"It's a safe and secure site. Just so they know, they will be fed, They have some place to stay and it will be manned 24 hours," said Sharon Aswad with the Southern Tier Red Cross.

In the meantime, Johnson City officials will work to bring the building back up to code.

"They should have put screws in the heater so they can't lift it up," said Newman.

So that families can reside safely without worrying about any danger or any holes in the floor.

The Red Cross expects the building to re-open within a few days.

Property records show the building is owned by Sedlacek Living Trust.

The owners of that company also own several other properties in Johnson City and in the city of Binghamton.

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