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City Warns of Citations for a Storage Unit Manager

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - After finding a man living in a storage unit a few weeks ago, the storage manager could be in hot water for violating city code.

The owner of Classic Mini-Storage on Clearwater Avenue Mitch Brownsworth met with Captain Joe Terpening with the Kennewick Fire Department as well as City Attorney Eric Eisinger, and Building Official Dan Wilson today.

Brownsworth argued the city can't prove anyone is living in his storage units, even after our cameras found a man in one two weeks ago.

"I can't prove it by any description they give to me, saying if a person does this, they're homeless. I don't see it," said Mitch Brownsworth.  Brownsworth argues these people may just be spending a lot of time there, and just because they have a pillow, blankets, food and other items, doesn't necessarily mean they're living there.

The City on the other hand, said there's no mistaking it.  They said they know of a woman who has a refrigerator, a microwave and a TV plugged into one outlet in one of the units, which Terpening said is a fire hazard.

In two weeks, Terpening and Brownsworth are going to walk through the storage units. If they find someone still living in those units, Brownsworth could be cited for violating the code of Unsafe Conditions or violating the Uniform Housing code.