AUGUSTA — Three families living at 196 Northern Ave. had to find new lodging Thursday morning after the city ordered the building vacated because of violations of the safety code.

Code Enforcement Officer Robert Overton said the city inspected the building at the request of tenants who reported they had no heat or hot water.

Three of the six units were occupied at the time, according to Overton.

“One family was already moving out,” Overton said, and planning to live with relatives. He identified the other two families as single mothers with two six-year-olds as well as a 3-year-old and a 13-year-old. He said city officials were arranging for them to be accommodated at least temporarily at an area hotel.

He said in addition to lacking heat and hot water, the two-story building had “significant structural issues.”

The building was built in 1906 and is owned by 196 Northern Ave. LLC, according to records in the city assessor’s office.

The city has shut down 9 other apartment buildings and one floor of a tenth building this year because of safety code violations.

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