Weekend roof collapse, forces a group of Tulsa apartment residents to look for other housing

Tuesday, January 20th 2004, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

About 20 people, including two children are looking for a new home. This after the roof on their apartment building collapsed over the weekend and the property was later condemned.

Tulsa city and county authorities looked over the building again Tuesday, but they say it's still unsafe.

Fire department officials say the roof is only part of the problem. They say it has other structural weakness as well as plumbing and electrical problems. They say gas heaters were not properly ventilated and that many rooms lacked smoke detectors.

They say they don't like forcing people to move, but they say they don't have much choice. Tulsa Fire Captain Hubert Rouse: "We feel like it's just not a safe place for anyone to live in. I know it's hard for some folks to understand y'know we have a responsibility for safety. But we do know that structure is not going to be able to be inhabited for quite a period of time."

The Red Cross was only able to put residents in motels for the first three nights. One resident told us he wasn't sure where he was going to stay tonight.