Renters left in the cold

December 23, 2008 5:03:14 PM PST
It will be yet another cold night for some residents of an apartment complex in the Ogontz section of Philadelphia.The homes, in the Kemble Park Apartments in the 5700 block of Ogontz Avenue, haven't been heated for the last three frigid days.

"I'm bundled up, I've got three sweaters on, four pairs of pants and underneath the covers with coats," said resident Yvonne Brooks.

PECO has been called to the building three times, but according to Pat Birnbaum, the problem needs the attention of an electrician. The building's heat was converted to electricity about a year ago, but Birnbaum says wiring wasn't upgraded. So, when it overloads, the fuses blow.

"This is what you run into with all of the demand in the winter, or the summer with air conditioning, things break," Birnbaum said.

"The fuses blow out, they need to be changed," said maintenance man Angel Rojas. "An electrician needs to do that."

Calls to the management company, Ksol Properties of Landsdowne were not returned. The son of the owner, who lives in New York, told Action News an electrician was on the way Tuesday afternoon.

But, by Tuesday night, an electrician had not arrived.

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