HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) – Action is being taken to clean up a historic hotel after a fire ripped through part of it. Tuesday night, the Hot Springs Board of Directors voted to condemn part of the Majestic Hotel.
"I don't think you can do it 30 days. I don't it can be done," said Ray Owens Jr. as he was making a closing argument to buy more time for his client.
Owens is representing the owner of the Majestic Hotel, Gary Hassenflu.
"I know that if you started with trucks immediately tomorrow morning trying to haul the debris off, it probably isn't going to be done in 30 days."
City attorney Brian Albright said it doesn't have to be completely cleaned up in that timeframe, but they need to get started on removing the debris and the safety hazard.
He said, "It's very important to get it cleaned up for the health, safety, and welfare of people."