RELATED: Officials say senior living center removed fire debris without permit
Santa Rosa Police Department got involved after the debris had already been transferred to M&M Services in Windsor. The Department of Health Services granted M&M an emergency waiver to accept fire debris.
However, the Santa Rosa Fire Marshal says the assisted living facility whose Villa Capri building burned down in the fire two weeks ago did not have a permit to remove the debris.
RELATED: Family questions Oakmont Senior Living's statement that all 430 residents are 'settling into new living arrangements'
Oakmont Senior Living contracted to have the debris moved before the EPA could test it and before anyone could search the debris for human remains. The Fire Marshal issued a cease and desist work order but only after 75% of the debris had already been removed. The Police Department later determined there were no unaccounted-for individuals from the property. M&M tells ABC7 News most of the debris has since been sorted and sent to a landfill.
"Potentially some of the trucks involved in hauling the debris to M&M Services may not have been permitted and that's something we're also additionally looking at it's part of an ongoing investigation," said Scott Alonso, Spokesperson with the Sonoma County Department of Health Services.
Oakmont Senior Living has said all 430 residents are accounted for, safe. An employee with Oakmont Senior Living told ABC7 News it had no comment regarding the debris removal. The Department of Social Services has three open investigations into the evacuations from 3 buildings at the assisted living facility including Villa Capri.
The Department of Social Services is investigating the evacuation at two of Oakmont Senior Living's four buildings on the Fountaingrove Avenue Property - "Varenna" (also known as the main building) and "Villa Capri." If you have any information you would like DSS to consider in its investigation, you can file a complaint by calling 1-844-LET US NO (538-8766) or by clicking here.
New: Lt w/SRPD says dump site Oakmont Sr. Living took debris is in Windsor. National guard secured site 10/18 & was released 10/19 https://t.co/BkNsQF4aRA— Melanie Woodrow (@MelanieWoodrow) October 26, 2017
NEW Sonoma Co. Dept of Health Services investigation into Oakmont Sr Living debris removal widens, trucks used "may not have been permitted" pic.twitter.com/HbypCdXNUg— Melanie Woodrow (@MelanieWoodrow) October 26, 2017
M&M says Villa Capri fire debris tested clean but Dept of Health Services says it must weighed against fed. govt. standards not yet set— Melanie Woodrow (@MelanieWoodrow) October 27, 2017
After Oakmont Sr. Living moves 75% of potentially toxic Villa Capri fire debris w/out permit, Exec Dir. says fams can't sift bc of toxicity pic.twitter.com/2ODMuuwIzy— Melanie Woodrow (@MelanieWoodrow) October 27, 2017
Explanation to Villa Capri families leaves out that only 25% of debris still on site. Rest already at landfill pic.twitter.com/ZUS9uMI1U8— Melanie Woodrow (@MelanieWoodrow) October 27, 2017
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