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Black Mold Exposure Sickens Residents

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They say it could have all been prevented but the city would never step into help.

"It's really hard to breathe," says Chastity Hauge, who lives in the Ottertail Trailer Court in Ottertail, Minnesota.

At 7 months pregnant, Hauge says she's sick and it's not because of the baby.

Hauge says it's all because of the black mold that lives inside this trailer.

"I went to the doctor and he told me half my lungs were filled with mold," says Hauge.

Hauge lived here for 20 years.

"The city told me, when I still wanted to live there, not to tear it down, that I would have to remove the trailer," says Hauge.

She decided to sell and the new owner has no problem demolishing the place.

"When the wind blows, the black mold goes every where. People are getting sick,"
says Karen Johnson, who has lived in the trailer court for the past year.

Velma Ahrens says her son's health has taken a turn for the worse.

"He's coughing a lot more," says Ahren.

Ron Nelson is trying to sell his home that's located just across the street.

"All of the mold is everywhere. I can't have windows open," says Nelson.

Harold McGowan's wife had to be sent to the hospital after being exposed.

"The doctor says something is different with her lungs," says McGowan.

Those who live here just want to know how this happened.

Now we spoke on the phone with the city clerk here in Ottertail because they declined to go on camera. They say there is no problem here and it's never been confirmed if that it is black mold in the building. They say they are just doing their job by giving the new owner a permit to tear the place down, but the previous owner says that's all a lie.

"It's not fair. I couldn't rip it down," says Hauge.

Now all they want is someone to help, before the health of those who live here gets any worst.

We did speak with the Otter Tail county public health department. and they say that demolishing a property with black mold is fine.
The demo material needs to be properly disposed of and living even more than 25 feet away from the property should keep people out of harm's way.
They say it's a mystery to them why so many people say they are getting sick.

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