Investigation: HUD hasn't inspected Jacksonville high-rise since seniors returned after massive fire

  • Source: WOKV-AM
  • Published: 04/15/2019 04:43 PM

An Action News Jax Investigation has revealed that the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development did not inspect a Jacksonville high-rise that caught fire after its 200 elderly tenants moved back in more than a year ago. The Section 8 housing for seniors caught fire in December 2017, displacing the people who lived at Jacksonville Townhouse Apartments for two months. “Some people are terrified of sleeping. They are traumatized because of the fire,” said tenant Jorge Prieto, who was displaced by the 2017 fire and moved back in last year. It may have been more than five years since HUD inspected the property. The last record Action News Jax has been able to find of a HUD inspection at Jacksonville Townhouse Apartments was more than five years ago, in February 2014.


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