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Madison County company accused of building inadequate tornado shelters

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Tornado Masters is accused of violating Alabama's Deceptive Trade Practices Act. Tornado Masters is accused of violating Alabama's Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

As storm victims and volunteers clean up from Friday's tornadoes, many people in the Tennessee Valley are thinking about building a storm shelter.

The Attorney General's office is making sure you don't hire one local company to build that shelter.

After the storms passed, the state fire marshal went to check out the large shelter at Huntsville Christian Academy. Right away he declared that shelter to be an imminent hazard.

That prompted Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange to file a temporary restraining order against Tornado Masters of Alabama, the company that installed that shelter.

The Attorney General's complaint says the company charged the school $80,000, but didn't deliver a shelter that would protect the children there.

Tornado Masters installed the shelter in 2009. Strange described it as "an unsafe, unlicensed, and thoroughly inadequate shelter, which has no lights, flammable egg-foam crating along the walls, little or no ventilation, and dangerous in-swing doors that are hazardous in a panic situation."

A judge granted that restraining order against the business and a hearing is set for later this week.

WAFF48 spoke with the owner of Tornado Masters, Les Holt. He said he has met with his lawyer. He said these are only allegations.

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