May 6—As moving crews, safety inspectors and displaced tenants scoured through the remnants of The Courtyard at
"The firefighter told me that the cat ran out of the building when they were here putting out the flames," Alves said. "She's a total indoor cat, she does not like outdoors so I'm worried about her — but she's been seen, so that's good."
Alves was receiving dialysis treatment on Tuesday afternoon when he heard the news of the blaze that ripped through his complex at
"One kid that lives next door showed me several videos, and what do I see on it? I see a fireman's head popping out of my apartment," Alves said. "I knew right then there was nothing left."
"You see this stuff on the media all the time, but you never see it happen to you. It's devastating."
Fifty-four units were impacted by smoke, water or fire damage, the
"It's a shame," Jones lamented. "People want to live in
Jones spent most of Wednesday ensuring the complex's electricity was off and coordinating the next steps with the
An adjacent building on the complex was not damaged in Tuesday's fire and Jones said the property managers and city officials were working to make that building habitable again.
Some residents and their families spent the day hauling out surviving items such as furniture, suitcases and bags of clothing. While some of the lower units were not burned by the fire, water and smoke damage wreaked havoc on their personal items.
"It all has water damage and the smoke — it's useless," Farahani said.
Farahani's wife was home in their downstairs apartment when the fire broke out on Tuesday around
"We all know how difficult it is for us to find a place (in
Alves said that he will likely live with a friend after the lodging from the
"I've just been trying to figure things out step by step," Alves said. "You know, when something like this happens, you don't know what is the first step to take, so you've just got to try and piece it together."
Neither Farahani nor Alves had renters insurance. Farahani said that he was never encouraged by the apartment's property management to purchase his own policy while Alves said it was not something he thought he would ever need.
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