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East Ridge condemnations called "coincidental"

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HAMILTON COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -

Two high profile condemnation cases in as many weeks in East Ridge has some wondering if there's any connection?

"I think the stadium and Superior Creek is probably just a coincidence in all reality," says East Ridge Fire Chief and interim city manager Mike Williams, who has been as busy as the vacating residents of the Superior Creek Lodge.

Their move necessitated after the city condemned two wings of the extended stay residence Wednesday night. And it comes only days after the Pioneers' football team's home grandstand was condemned over questions of structural integrity.

Williams says both condemnations, while separate, do share a few common threads, as both were initiated by a concerned citizen and posed a serious safety risk.

"The stadium was also a complaint, we addressed that, we looked into it and made the determination it was a life safety issue was there also," said Williams.

"Last night was the first night in weeks that I was actually able to cook my kids a home cooked meal and i was so proud of it," says an emotional Sara Goff. "And then I come out here and I hear they're condemning buildings A and C and there's a possibility they're going to condemn our buildings too."

Goff doesn't know yet what her future holds.

Chief Williams says he hates to be the bearer of bad news in both the Superior Creek Lodge and Raymond James Stadium cases, noting his son is part of the East Ridge football team, and is impacted by the grandstand's closure. But Williams reiterates the two condemnations, while coincidental in timing, have nothing to do with one another. 

"This was a completely different type of complaint, once we were en route to investigate a complaint, we noticed there were issues with the structure," said Williams, as an engineer tours two more suspect buildings of Superior Creek Lodge to determine their safety.

As guests exited the property Thursday, some questioned aloud the last time the Superior Creek Lodge passed an inspection.

We asked East Ridge Codes & Enforcement that question, we're awaiting their answer.

Our attempts to contact the property's owner were unsuccessful as Superior Creek Lodge's front desk hung up on our call of inquiry.

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