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Published April 02, 2014, 06:09 PM

Fargo issuing arrest warrant for Black Building owners

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A Fargo City Prosecutor is in the process of issuing a court ordered document to the representative of DTL Propertie, owners of the historic downtown Black Building, to appear before a judge.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A Fargo City Prosecutor is in the process of issuing a court ordered document to the representative of DTL Properties - owners of the historic downtown Black Building - to appear before a judge.

Prosecutor Jason Loos says the owner violated city ordinance by not properly installing its boiler.

The forum reports if Daniel Sampson doesn't step forward - Loos may issue an arrest warrant.

I talked to 10 current and former tenants who voiced their concerns to me, but when it came to talking on camera they shied away.

Their biggest fear, retaliation from the landlords - and eviction.

One tenant agreed to talk as long as we hid their identity.

Historic - in all its glory - the 80 some year old Black Building is well-known.

But it's what lies behind the brick and mortar that has some tenants talking.

"it's just been frustrating for everyone that has a business in the building."

A headache city inspectors say has been more than 1 a year and a half in the making.

They say it all began when owners - DTL Properties - were told by the state to install a new boiler.

The owners installed two, but city officials say it wasn't done properly.

Fargo's Deputy Inspections Administrator, Jerome Miller, says without enough clean air to operate it could pose a potential health hazard as stale air continues to circulate.

"When you have this negative air pressure within the building the things in the building you want to go outside have a tendency to stay in and not go out through the exhaust fans."

Meaning chemicals used in hair salons - or even exhaust from a kitchen may not be properly ventilated.

Plus - Miller says it runs the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning - something the health department has been closely monitoring.

Since July tenants say only 1 of the 2 elevators has been working and it's not dependable - saying a mail carrier was stuck in an elevator for 4-hours.

Another concern they voiced - cold water and inconsistent temperatures in the buildings... All things Inspectors are well aware of and have been working to fix.

We tried reaching out via the phone to DTL Properties, including both Sampson brothers Lloyd and Daniel. Our calls were not returned.