CABARRUS COUNTY, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - FOX 46 is working to get results for several residents left homeless by a fire. Flames tore through a building at the Cabarrus Arms apartment complex back on March 25.
Now, nearly two weeks later, residents have been told they need to be moved out by the end of the day and are left with nowhere to go.
"It's been a lot," said Resident Brieuna Jackson.
Charred remains and ruble have been left behind in one of the units of Jackson's building.
Concerned residents who live across the hall from where the fire took place and upstairs have been left in the dark with nowhere to go.
"I'm in between a car and a hotel when I can afford one and my mom's house," resident Latreece Arnold said. "We have nowhere to go. They want us to be out today. Where are we supposed to take our stuff? Where are we supposed to go? They aren't worried about us."
Not only do they have nowhere to go, they've also been having to pack up and get out without any power.
"The electricity has been off since the night of the fire," said Jackson. "We have been trying to do all our packing in the dark."
"They want us to move this out, but we have no light," said Arnold. "The smoke is killing me. I was here until three this morning packing in the dark. I was dizzy and sick, but it had to be done."
"My biggest concern is housing," Jackson said. "I mean obviously, we stay where we can receive assistance for a reason."
FOX 46 went by the office to try to find some answers. They gave our station contact information for PK Management out of Ohio. We received a statement from them saying this:
On March 25, 2019 a unit at the Cabarrus Arms Apartments located in Kannapolis, North Carolina experienced a kitchen fire that impacted several units on site. Fortunately, no injuries occurred.
However, as a result of this fire, the Kannapolis Fire Department mandated that the electricity for the buildings' 8 units be shut off for safety reasons. Due to the extent of the damage, an insurance claim has been initiated. Unfortunately, power cannot be restored until required repairs are made and certified. We will notify residents the minute repairs are complete and/or the Fire Department is able to certify the units for power restoration.
With the help of the American Red Cross, alternate housing and meal services were provided to the residents temporarily. We extend our warmest thanks to the local Fire Department for their assistance. We remain grateful to the local chapter of the American Red Cross, and other agencies for all their help to the residents of Cabarrus Arms Apartments who have been affected by the fire. “
However, the ownership group failed to address the fact that several of their residents now have nowhere to go.
"Having small kids with no family close, it's been a struggle," Jackson said. "To even finish packing everything that we can save and move-- I mean the smell is horrible, it gives you a headache after a few minutes. We haven't been offered any helpful solutions."
FOX 46 responded to the management group demanding more specific answers.
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