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Local store closed due to safety concerns
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We begin with an investigators exclusive. A Cranston furniture store closes it's doors leaving customers in a lurch. Now - some of those people are demanding answers.

The Eyewitness News Investigators learned that fire inspectors shut down the business after they found several fire code violations. They felt the public was in danger every time they walked thru the door.

Customers of Furniture Factory Outlet in Cranston can't get inside to get their furniture...instead they face a locked door and this sign..."danger" unihabitable to humans!

�I was like, what happened!? i didn't know if there was a fire... �

 No fire, and that's what building inspectors are trying to avoid because according to them the store is closed because of numerous fire code violations including extreme high fire load like foam mattresses, blocked exits, blocked fire extinguishers, no corridors, electric wiring hazards and the list goes on..

�To the extent we can make buildings safer and let the public know this is not a safe place to shop...it's the way it has to be.�

Mayor Steven Laffey says fire inspectors have been working with the owner of the building and the owner of the business for 5 weeks to get things up to code, but for some reason they haven't' and it left the city no choice...shut them down.

�My number one job is public safety...�

In the meantime, customers like Lisa Cappelli are out hundreds of dollars and no furniture

�At this point I either want the tables or my money!"

The Eyewitness News Investigators did hear from the building's owner. We were told that they were just informed of the fire code violations last week, not 5 weeks ago. Since then, they have been working with the city on getting things up to code so they can reopen as a retail store as soon as possible. In the meantime, the furniture factory outlet is moving it's showroom to a building next door so customer's can make payments or pick up their furniture. If you have put money down, we're told it's business as usual but it may take just a little longer to get what you paid for.

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