Months after fire, family still waiting to retrieve possessions

Better Call Jackson

A home fire can be a devastating experience.  In addition to the safety risk, there’s the possibility of losing personal items.

Better Call Jackson received a call from Shannon Ann Murray, who was displaced by a fire to an apartment building at the Crowne Pointe Apartments, back in early June.

“I’m just frustrated because I talked to the city and they said it’s up to her because she’s the property manager so she had the pull to let us in there,” said Murray. She says items that have been in her family, as well as her children’s birth certificates, are still in the unit.

Better Call Jackson left several messages with the apartment manager and those calls were not returned.

Fencing around the property is placed to keep people out because the area is not determined to be safe.

Better Call Jackson spoke with Anthony Celebrezze with the Department of Building and Zoning and they say, they have been in contact with the building owners attorney and have confirmed that they plan to make repairs to two of the buildings that were damaged by fire. We are not sure if it is the building that Murray lived in or not. As of Monday, August 27, no permits have been pulled.

So, the city is moving forward on putting a package together to turn over to the city attorney’s office and then that will be forwarded to the environmental court. This is being done to make sure that something will be done so folks can get their stuff out of the units. We will keep you posted and let you know when the former residents are allowed in the building.

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