As CBS4 previously reported, Marion County Health Officials have issued thousands of dollars in fines for failure to repair issues. Members of a county tax board also revoked the complex owner’s charitable tax exemption again in February, citing deplorable conditions that hadn’t been fixed. The complex has been the site of scrutiny by local health officials and neighborhood advocates for some time over health violations and major problems that management was slow to fix. The owners of the complex were sent a tax bill totaling more than $400,000.
Those three fires were determined to be accidental, and not investigated as arson. The cause of Saturday’s fire remains under investigation. Prior to Saturday’s fire, there were three other fires at the apartments between mid-February and April. At least one of those displaced residents, and another damaged the now-destroyed main office building.
A letter sent to residents by management last September said three fires around that time were believed to be intentionally set inside vacant units. “The first time it was only half of it. Now today, the whole thing is gone.” said a resident, who asked CBS4 not to identify her, citing fear of retaliation. “It’s pretty bad that you can’t be honest and up front to let people know that you are scared of being at home.”
“Hopefully somebody can see this and really help,” said Driscoll. “For real, help because we really need it.” Driscoll said fires happening at the complex are not something new. “I have a voice. I can scream and yell and complain but they can’t and I feel like maybe I have to be the voice,” she said.
Many residents did not want to do an interview, citing fears over retaliation. Resident Lora Driscoll said she wants to be a voice for those who are too nervous. Residents who spoke with CBS4 on Saturday said they fear for their well-being and that concerns to the complex’s management continue falling on deaf ears.
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