RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – Families still live in hotels after a fire at The Bridges at North Hills apartment complex a week ago.
For Martin Henderson, this is the second time he’s been forced to live in a nearby hotel after being moved due to a fire at the resort. He said it had an impact on his mental health.
“It’s like being in a washing machine in constant spinning, and it doesn’t stop because you don’t know what you’re going to do from day to day, and the process of what it’s going to take to get in. in your house and how long you’re going to stay here, ”said Henderson.
His neighbor Benjamin Lozada has lived in the apartments for 15 years. Like Henderson, he said he wanted to know a timeline and have more answers on when he would be back home, instead of living from day to day.
“We want to know what’s going on, not every three days to expand the room,” Lozada said. “We want to know if we are going to have an apartment or if they will help us financially to find another apartment. “
Henderson said the Red Cross paid for the first two nights at the hotel and now the apartment complex is paying for it.
Chad Johnson, senior vice president of Bridge Property Management, said the safety and well-being of residents was their top priority.
Raleigh Police last week told CBS that 17 initial reports showed it was an electrical fire.
The City of Raleigh said the fire marshal and home inspector attended the complex on Monday and extended the order to cut off the power. The city said the management of the apartments should get an independent technical analysis and make the necessary repairs. The city said it could then re-inspect the property and determine if it can open.
“We have worked diligently with electrical engineers and forensic electrical inspectors, and based on their findings, we do not believe that any wiring or structural issues caused the fires, and we are working closely with them. local law enforcement and firefighters, as well as other forensic consultants, to determine who or what may have started these fires, ”Johnson said in a statement.
Johson added that the company is taking additional steps to improve safety.
According to the incident report, this is the fourth fire at the complex in two months.
According to Raleigh Fire Department inspection documents for September 1, the date of a previous fire, the Office of the Fire Marshal has asked an electrical engineer to investigate the causes and possible solutions to the fires in building. It was completed on September 9, according to the document.