CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The city of Hurricane and the Putnam County Health Department shut down two motels Tuesday after the owner failed to clean up "absolutely filthy" conditions, Hurricane Mayor Scott Edwards said Tuesday.
The American Inn and the Budget Inn motels, both owned by Navnit Sangani, are next to each other on Hurricane Creek Road. They were given lists of things to fix and clean up last month, Edwards said.
The city received numerous complaints from Appalachian Power workers about the hotel after the June 29 massive windstorm that knocked out power to half a million in West Virginia.
"A few hundred workers were in town staying three or four nights. Most of them checked out and said they'd rather sleep in their truck, and they did instead of sleeping in the rooms at these motels," Edwards said.
"Things like bedbugs, blood on the walls, dirty mattresses, mold issues ... and there's safety issues -- ventilation issues, structural issues -- and he has to fix them."
An inspection was done several weeks ago, Edwards said, and an ultimatum was presented to Sangani: "Get it fixed or shut down."
A lot of the demands hadn't been met by Tuesday's second inspection, Edwards said.
"Structural engineers hadn't been involved, a mold-abatement company hadn't been involved. We gave them a chance -- multiple chances -- and we're finished giving chances. The rules are easy and clear," he said, about health department regulations and state and city building code requirements.