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DORAVILLE | High-rise evacuated over $42K power bill

DORAVILLE, Ga. -- As many as 100 residents had to be evacuated after Georgia Power cut off service to the Presidential Boutique Condos on Tuesday over a big unpaid bill.

The DeKalb fire marshal responded by declaring the building unfit for human habitation since the fire alarm and sprinkler system won't work without power.

"There's a lot of people here who don't have anywhere to go, so it's really not fair," said resident Timeka Willis.

The landmark building towers above Spaghetti Junction with two giant LED billboards on top. It's a mixed-use building filled with condos and businesses.

Residents said they've paid their bills, but the owners let the power bill go unpaid for months. The total amount due is $42,000.

"There are several owners," said Sholly Fifer, who was at the property to represent one of the owners on Tuesday. "One has been making payments to the electric company. I don't know the full facts."

DeKalb fire officials said residents had to be out before dark but will be allowed to return on Wednesday to gather their belongings.

"It's advertised as a luxury hotel, but there's nothing luxury about this at all," said resident Eddie Phillips.