H-SANTA MARIA

Oct 29, 2013 3:10 AM by KSBY Staff

Residents displaced by arson will move back soon

A portion of the Town Center Inn in Santa Maria is set to open in the next few weeks, giving some displaced residents a place to live.

More than 50 people were left homeless after a fire on October 12th at the hotel on North Broadway.

The north side of the inn was not damaged so the city gave the go ahead to clean up and let some residents move back in.

The owner of the building, Rolland Jacks, says he'll be able to house about 35 people.

He expects it will take about nine months to a year for the other half of the building to reopen.

"The building department, the fire department and so forth said we could go ahead and clean up the smoke damage and paint and try to get the residents back soon and we were very pleased because for these folks this is home they want to come back home," said Jacks.

The fire caused more than $1.4 million in damage.

A former employee of the hotel, Amos Andrews, faces arson charges for allegedly starting the fire.

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