By Christie Post - email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Some central Lubbock apartment residents are braving temperatures in the teens and single digits this week without a regular source of heat.
"I'm constantly in a wool jacket and blankets," said Ashley Escamilla, resident without heat.
On January 6th the City of Lubbock condemned the furnaces in about 44 units of the Baytree Apartments in the 3300 block of Toledo.
"It's unbearable. You don't want to get up, you don't want to go to the bathroom, you don't want to do anything it's just so cold," said Escamilla.
It's been nearly a month since Ashley, her boyfriend and one year old child have not had to wear a jacket inside. It started days after they moved in and now it's been nearly a month. "We had that notice on our door that we had a gas leak and we're going to have to cut the gas off," said Escamilla.
"In the process making sure they weren't our heaters, they found out our furnaces pretty much needed to be condemned," said Danielle Counts, Baytree apartment manager.
Counts said she has been working long hours ever since, trying her best to keep the residents happy. As a stop-gap measure the apartment manager provided space heaters for the residents.
"Immediately when it happened I went out to Home Depot and Lowes. We ended up purchasing over 40 space heaters," said Counts.
Now that the snow is on the ground, residents said it only makes matters worse. Ashley sent her baby to stay with family, because it is entirely too cold in her apartment. "His whole body was cold and a couple days later sure enough he got sick. And that's when we all started getting sick. If you're going to be somewhere where it's constantly cold, there is no getting better," said Counts.
But there is hope. The manager said the complex recently received word that it can start installing new furnaces.
"In fact I'm putting a letter out today from the owner that will tell them about the discount they will be receiving," said Counts.
Until the heat is actually turned on, Ashley and her boyfriend will do whatever they can do to stay warm through this cold spell.
"We're not in a position where we can just leave, so we don't know what we can do," said Escamilla.
The apartment complex said they've installed at least four furnaces so far. Right now they are still having the city inspect the roof and vents so it's taking to replace all the 44 units.
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