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Fatal Christmas Eve House Fire Landlord Arrested Again

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The Columbus landlord who spent 30 days in jail for dozens of code violations on rental properties is back in jail.

Documents from the city prosecutor's office show that Sam Vazirani violated his probation by continuing to own homes and collect rent.

Vazirani owned the home that caught fire in December 2011, killing three residents.

At the time, the home was in such bad shape that the city said no one was supposed to live there.

According to the documents, Vazirani told a court official that he still has an interest in a home at 119 Wisconsin Avenue, along with several others, which violates the terms of his probation.

The documents back up Maria Hall's claim that Vazirani owns the home she rents on Guilford Avenue. She said the home had nine outstanding building code violations.

"I had to go two months without heat and eight days without water now," she said.

As part of Vazirani's probation, Franklin County Judge Harland Hale ordered him to sell 12 properties he still owned, and Vazirani was banned from owning new properties.

"There were properties removed in that name that Mr. Vazirani was the real owner in question and the people that are listed as the owners in this property are just sort of shells that were being used by Mr. Vazirani," said Bill Hedrick of the Columbus City Attorney's Office.

Neighbors in Franklinton and the Hilltop pointed out several more homes that they claim Vazirani rented out while on probation.

"When I first rented this property from him, he still had the ankle monitor on him from him being in trouble, and I thought that just means he's going to watch his P's and Q's. He's going to want to do great, be a good landlord now," Hall said.

Vazirani was charged with 20 misdemeanors stemming from code violations at the property where the fatal fire occurred. He pleaded no contest to those charges and was sentenced to 30 days in jail and five years of probation.

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