Summit Inn in Dayton shut down due to fire and building code violations

Summit Inn, located at 604 US 90 in Dayton, is closed at this time due to fire and building code violations.

Summit Inn, located at 604 US 90 in Dayton, is closed at this time after City of Dayton building inspectors reportedly found fire and building code locations that posed a significant risk for occupants.

“In an ongoing effort to ensure the highest quality of life standards for citizens and visitors alike, Dayton city officials have formed a Task Force, whose purpose is to identify and take appropriate action to address any and all significant health and safety issues within the city limits of Dayton,” according to a statement released Feb. 15 by the City of Dayton.

The Task Force is made up of Kimberly Judge, assistant city manager, development services for the City of Dayton; Dayton Police Chief Robert G. Vine; Police Lt. Shane Burleigh; Liberty County Fire Marshal Bill Hergemueller; Dayton Police Officer Barry Leger; City of Dayton Building Official Cassandra Gill; City of Dayton Building Inspector Tonya Cox; and City of Dayton Code Enforcement Officer Shylah Shewmake. The Task Force visited Summit Inn on Feb. 1.

“Due to the number and severity of the fire and building code violations discovered at this location, the Liberty County Fire Marshal’s Office terminated business operations on the premises and required the evacuation of all individuals from the premises until corrective action [is] taken,” the city statement continues.

The occupants were given 24 hours to vacate Summit Inn. Anyone found on the premises after 24 hours will be forcibly removed.

“Before this facility can be reopened for business, it must be brought up to current fire code and all other applicable safety violations must be repaired. The business will remain closed until all violations are corrected,” the statement reads.

City officials will work with property owners to help facilitate these necessary changes. While the property owners are financially responsible for the cost of these corrective changes, city officials will work with timelines and assist the owners in checking each box to work toward reopening a much safer business and physical facility.

“The City of Dayton places a high priority on the safety of not only our citizens, but also of those who are visitors to our city. When violations such as the ones discovered at this location are identified, we have a duty and an obligation to take appropriate and correction action to ensure people are protected from harm due to failing to comply with fire and building codes, carelessness, neglect or aging structures,” the statement concludes.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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