Residents of a Madisonville apartment building must move out Wednesday. (FOX19 NOW/file)
MADISONVILLE, OH (FOX19) -
"I'm up here just trying to make-do with the best time I got left,” said Steve Wells, a displaced resident from King Towers.
Wednesday was moving day from the building at the complex that, nearly two months ago to the day, was damaged by fire, leaving dozens homeless. It's the incident that took the life of Cincinnati firefighter Daryl Gordon.
"I live on the first floor. There wasn't no smoke coming down, so I never knew that the building was burning up,” Wells said.
After three scheduled opportunities to get into apartments in early April to collect belongings, Wednesday was the last chance residents had to get anything out they left behind.
"There was five and a half hours today in which they had to pack and remove all of their personal belongings from their apartments,” said Ann Boland, a community volunteer.
Residents say that's a problem because they say they only got notice a few days ago that the deadline was Wednesday to pack up and get
out, with no other chances to get inside since the decision was made.
"I didn't hear anything until Monday that we were supposed to be here,” said Venica Evans, a resident.
Volunteers say the concern is that with a short notice of Wednesday's deadline, many couldn't get off work or get transportation from
hotels they've been living in.
"People have lived here anywhere from a few months to one gentleman has lived here for 20+ years. Five hours is not enough time,” Boland told FOX19 NOW.
A website set up for residents displaced by the fire says that because of the amount of fire and water damage from the blaze, it could take anywhere from four to six months get the building restored to a condition that would allow residents to move back into their units.