Living conditions at apartment complex that burned worse than refugee camp says resident
Posted by Christopher Coen on August 22, 2012
A refugee resident of the Summit Park Apartments on Walford Street in Columbus which went up in fire on Monday after an arson says that living conditions at the complex were worse than living in a refugee camp. Another resident said that his smoke detector didn’t work and he had told apartment managers about it. Many of the units were also said to be infested with bedbugs and roaches. An article at NBC4 tells more:
…Residents nearby told stories about escaping the fire with nothing more than the clothes on their backs. Then, there were the stories about the living conditions, which Mohammed described as worse than living in a refugee camp.
“In the refugee camp at least you had a choice to fix your own place. Here, you can’t fix and they won’t even allow you to do anything about it,” said Mohammed.
Doug Rutledge from Jewish Family Services was also on hand Tuesday, helping many refugees find new homes. Rutledge said they’ve been fighting with management to improve the living conditions at the complex. Many of the units, he claims, are infested with bedbugs and roaches.
“We just interviewed a young a man whose apartment was burned up in the fire, destroyed in the fire. And he said that his fire alarm didn’t work and he had told apartment managers about it,” Rutledge told NBC4.
Abbeyhill Reality and Management maintains Summit Park Apartments… Read more here