Friday, May 27, 2011

Ala. Tried To Close Home Where Twisters Killed 7

ASHVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The government sued last fall to close an assisted living facility where nine elderly, disabled people lived in two double-wide mobile homes parked in a valley miles from the nearest town. Yet the facility was still open April 27, when a tornado smacked the mobile homes and killed four residents along with the owner, his daughter-in-law and granddaughter.
The state filed suit because Shoal Creek Valley Assisted Living didn't have a license, and the fact that it was illegally operating in mobile homes wasn't even mentioned in the complaint. It was still open the day tornadoes killed more than 200 people across Alabama.
An attorney who represented owner Ronnie Isbell concedes the business lacked the required license and was operating illegally. But he denied anyone died simply because they lived in mobile homes

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