KETR Local
8:25 am
Tue June 16, 2009

Paris shelter "not up to code" prior to Jan. fire


Paris – A report finds a Paris homeless shelter, which burned down in January and killed five, was not up to code.

The State Fire Marshalls' office cited 18 deficiencies at the Christians in Action shelter. Those include lack of fire prevention devices and proper exits.

30 men were asleep in makeshift cubicles when the place caught fire in the early morning hours of January 5. The owner of the nonprofit organization says the shelter had smoke detectors, but the men were constantly removing the devices so they could smoke in the building.

Killed in the fire were Derrial Wayne Dixon, John Norman Bove, Burt Babb Jr., Floyd Eugene Hutt and Delores "Bobby" Parker.