Tenants Warned About Possible Eviction During Fire Marshal Review

RUSSELL, Ky. (WSAZ) – People living in an apartment complex in Russell, Kentucky are now worried they may be left without a place to call home.

One resident says the Kentucky State Fire Marshal knocked on his door Tuesday, telling him he may be evicted within 48 hours.

The complex, on Ferry Street, is currently under review by the State Fire Marshal, after Chief Billy Selvege with the Russell Fire Department asked for help with an investigation on the property.

After a complaint about the heating in one of the apartments, Selvege went to the property and saw one of the tenants heating their home with the burners on a stove and oven.

Selvege says along with that fire hazard, there are other numerous other violations, including some electrical concerns.

Aaron Miller, the landlord, says he has provided heat sources to all of his tenants. In this instance, he says, the tenant chose not to turn on gas service and was heating an apartment with kerosene. Miller says when that tenant ran out of kerosene; he used the oven for a couple of days to heat the home.

Selvege says the Fire Marshal is reviewing the situation and will soon decide what needs to be done about the violations.

Until a decision is made the tenants can continue to live in the apartments.

Selvege says if the landlord can clear up the violations, the issue will be resolved.


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