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City leaders are moving residents out of this unlivable Orange Mound apartment complex.  

We first showed you the Park Avenue Place apartments on Monday. Residents had complained their utilities had been shut-off and they were living in deplorable conditions.

The city sprang into action today so Christmas night was the last night families will spend the night in those apartments.   

Code enforcement officers were at the property.  You can't see how bad it is until you get up close; broken glass and trash littered everywhere, plumbing stolen from the apartments, no water and more.

MLGW tried to turn the water back on but they couldn't because the plumbing had been ripped out.

The city posted signs around the property telling people to "keep out" and labeling it as a dangerous building.

Today the city moved in with MPD officers and they are moving them out into a hotel for now.

The mayor's head of housing and community development went to the property himself to talk to the tenants.     

WATCH VIDEO: Woman firing gun outside of apartment    

MORE: Shots ring out at apartment complex as frightened tenants scurry for cover

My colleague Les Smith first went to this complex Monday.  Yesterday the city moved out the woman he spoke with that day. Today they came back for about a half dozen other families left behind.

City council members Harold Collins and Wanda Halbert have been working behind the scenes to get something done.

MORE: Memphis councilman helps family move

A lot of you are asking how this could happen and who is responsible.

Coming up tonight at 9 we'll be taking a closer look who owns the apartment complex and what might happen to it.

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