Families forced to evacuate Lou. apartment complex after car crash

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by Chelsea Rabideau/Bryan Baker

WHAS11.com

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 11 at 9:00 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Eight families will be homeless by midnight Wednesday because of a car crash. On September 24, a police chase that started on Norbook Drive ended when the car being chased crashed into an apartment building on Beechbrook Road. Now, more than two weeks later, the families who live there are being forced out of their homes.
 
The crash knocked out power to the entire building. That night, the tenants were displaced. But, not long after, they were allowed back in after their landlord, Dave Thomas of Greater Louisville Properties hooked up a couple of generators.

“He’s trying to do his best right now. He’s trying to work with us. He is a good landlord and he’s trying to do everything possible to help us,” said Penney Bosley, a resident at the complex.
 
But, trying might not be enough for the Health Department or the Fire Marshal. They claim Thomas is putting his residents in danger by powering the building with generators. They slapped orange stickers on the apartment doors Wednesday morning, telling residents they had until midnight to get out.

“Honestly, right now, with the fire marshals coming in and basically taking away what little bit of livelihood we did have left, I’m mad. And it’s not at the landlord, because he’s doing everything he can. But, it’s like, come on now, this is our only way of living,” Shawna Nation, another resident, explained.
 
Buechel Fire Department Chief Rick Harrison said his crew saw the building operating off the generators a couple days ago while they were testing hydrants in the area. He said they tried for two days to get in touch with the landlord with no response. A maintenance man on site said it could be a week or more before the wall can be fixed. He said Thomas is waiting for a part to be delivered. Until then, these residents are stuck without a place to live and nowhere to turn for help.
 
Chief Harrison said the problem with running the building on generators is the threat of carbon monoxide poisoning. He said when they finally reached Dave Thomas, he told them the building will be fixed within two weeks.

Some of the families who are being forced out say they can't afford to move and will stay, even without running water, electricity, and heat in colder temperatures.

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