CENTER POINT, Alabama (WIAT) – Several people are homeless after a fire broke out at the Magnolia Manor apartments in Center Point on Friday morning.
Over the past six months, crews have faced multiple fires at the apartment complex, but residents say a number of issues persist.
Magnolia Manor was once known as Parkway Villa. However, in the last few weeks the ownership has changed and remodeling has been underway on the vacant units. Center Point Mayor Bobby Scott has said he hopes this property will get a fresh start, but the fires have caused continued setbacks.
âWe have responded to five incidents involving fire at this particular location, but none appear to be related to our knowledge,â Scott said.
Battalion Commander Brandon Dahlen said Friday’s fire damaged 20 units and left 10 families home to their homes.
âTeams arrived at the scene to find fire conditions from the second floor and it advanced into the attic and it also extended to an exhibit reconstruction next door,â Dahlen said.
âMy daughter’s apartment has smoke damage, my apartment is smoke damage and water damage,â said Desharia Ravizee, a resident of Magnolia Manor.
Ravizee said property managers drop the ball when it comes to addressing concerns.
âThis summer, I had no air. They just fixed the air a month ago and now my heating is not working. It broke so we reported and told the owner. It’s here, but it’s still not going to solve anything, âRavizee said. âI have two holes in my ceiling, it’s raining in my apartment, it’s raining in my daughter’s apartment complex. One of my daughters has three children and when she flushes the toilet, she comes out of her toilet. My other daughter is also having problems with leaks in her apartment. Then we have other tenants who went three days without water in his apartment complex.
Mayor Scott sent the following statement to CBS 42:
âWe are saddened by the fire and the relocation of our residents to Magnolia Manor early this morning. Despite some past issues with the health department, we were hopeful that the renovations and work on the apt complex would provide residents with a safe living space. It is very unfortunate that the property and the residents of the city had to suffer this setback. Hopefully they can recover and continue to correct the damage and the city is ready to help where we can. “
Center Point Mayor Bobby Scott
The Center Point Fire Department said it was trying to determine the cause of the blaze. They hope the incident will remind them to check smoke detectors in the fall and winter, when fires are most common.
âWe recommend that you have a working smoke detector on every floor of your home and near every bedroom, then we ask that you test it at least once a month and replace your batteries twice a year to make sure that it is working properly, âDahlen mentioned.
CBS 42 also contacted the Jefferson County Department of Health regarding complaints filed regarding living conditions at Magnolia Manor and was told the department received a complaint on Tuesday. Since then, they have been trying to contact management to get compliance. However, no notice of violation or termination has been issued.
Attempts to reach Your Way Management, the managers of the apartment complex, were unsuccessful.