The state says it may open an investigation into claims by residents of a local housing development that their homes are making them sick.
On Wednesday, the state Department of Toxic Substances Controls told residents that they may reconsider their earlier decision not to test the homes for possible chemical contamination. Several residents of the Autumnwood tract told KTLA that they have moved out after suffering a range of illnesses that they claim are the result of toxic chemicals in their homes.
In 2011, the Villaneuva family left with just the clothes on their back.
And they weren't the only ones on the block who were worried that their homes were making them sick.
A few months later, Jennifer Muniz and her family also moved out of the Autumnwood development.
And Tom Ciccarelli won't live in his home either after his 37 year old wife Fatima died just two weeks after giving birth to their daughter. Fatima mysteriously died from a bout with pneumonia.
"I took her to the hospital at 5:30 in the morning holding hands at 8:00 at night they handed me a bag of clothes and she died, Ciccarelli said.
More than 45 residents have complained of health problems since moving into the 61 home residential development built in 2-thouand 6.
Attorneys representing the homeowners claim contaminated soil underneath the homes is making them sick.
They say soil testing revealed elevated levels of toxic chemicals in the ground and air including Formaldehyde, Chloroform and Benzene, a known carcinogen.
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