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New Boiler installed but residents still can't return to Norwood apartment complex

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NORWOOD, OH (FOX19) -

Good news for residents of a Norwood apartment complex: a new boiler has been installed and is up and working.

The Harris Avenue building lost heat and hot water Wednesday night and forced several residents to stay at a Motel 6 on Thursday.

But it's not all good news, Norwood Fire Chief Ron Wallace says those living in the apartments are not going back home today. Wallace says it's going to take all day and night Saturday to increase the temperature in the building.

Residents are expected to return to their apartments Sunday. 

Wallace said he personally told the owner of the Harris Avenue building to relocate all tenants in the 28-unit building as soon as possible once he learned of the broken boiler Wednesday night.

As of 5 p.m. Thursday, the city's building department officially ordered the building uninhabitable. Its owner is having a new boiler installed Friday at cost of $25,000, Wallace said.

"Depending on when the installation is complete and when all broken water lines are repaired, the tenants will be moving back in," he said.

Water pipes that burst due to the cold and from the boiler not working to heat them have been repaired, according to Mike Roebel, a property maintenance inspector in Norwood's building department.

Building officials are going to do an on-site inspection before the property is cleared for residents to return, he said Friday morning.

Attempts to fix or replace the boiler began Thursday as residents temporarily decamped to the motel off Kennedy Avenue.

By 5 p.m., all were gone to the motel.

"We went to having heat to the heaters going from warm, uh, from hot to warm to gradually getting cold," said apartment resident Justin Selvage. "We've had no hot water. It's just been getting cold."

On Friday, Wallace said the installers won't be done until late Friday night or Saturday. Once the heat is back on, it will take a few days to fully warm the building, Norwood officials said.

Kogan paid for the stay at the motel for the residents. 

"He told us we can go and get a hotel and he'll reimburse us our money," said apartment resident Ashley Gailliez. "But I guess if the heat's not fixed, that's what we are going to have to do."

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