Fire Displaces Residents

Fire Displaces Residents

There are 15 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Jun 8, 2008, titled Fire Displaces Residents. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

Residents from about 28 apartments at the Northwoods complex were displaced by a fire Sunday morning.

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RESIDENT OF NORTHWOODS

United States

#1 Jun 9, 2008
I HAVE LIVED IN THIS COMPLEX FOR 3 YEARS NOW. I LIVE ON A 1ST FLOOR WERE THEY ALLOW PROPANE TO BE USED FOR GRILLS. THE APARTMENTS AND DECKS ARE STACKED ON ON TOP OF ANOTHER. THEY REALLY SHOULD CONSIDER NOT ALLOWING CHARCOAL ON 2ND AND 3RD FLOORS CONSIDERING WHAT HAPPENED. I MEAN A GRILL TIPPING OVER, OR THE COALS NOT BEING TOTATLLY OUT JUST IS RECKLESS OF PEOPLE AND SHOULD BE CONSIDERATE. IN THE ARCTICLE THEY DONT SAY HOW THE FIRE WAS STARTED, BUT IT WAS FROM SOMEONE WHO LEFT COALS BURNING THROUGH THE NIGHT, AND AN EMBER OR A SPARK FROM THE FIRE GOT IN THE VENT IN THE 3RD FLOOR APARTMENT. I LIVED THERE WHEN THE FIRE HAPPENED IN 2006, AND AFTER THAT I GOT RENTAL INSURANCE BECAUSE TO BE HONEST NOT ALL YOUR NEIGHBORS ARE RESPONSIBLE. LET SJUST SAYING I WONT BE LIVING THERE ONCE MY LEASE IS UP. NORTHWOODS REALLY DOESNT CRACK DOWN ON STUFF LIKE THAT, THEY ACTUALLY CARE MORE ABOUT IF SOMEONE IS PARKED IN A RESERVED SPOT. YOU THINK THEY WOULD DO SOMEHTHING AFTER THE 2006 BLAZE, BUT THEY HAVENT. NO UPGRADES, THEY DO A FIRE CHECK BUT ITS A JOKE. SORRY TO BE BLUNT ITS JUST THE WAY IT IS. I FEEL FOR THOSE WHO LOST THERE BELONGINGS AND VALUABLES. THANK GOD NO ONE WAS HURT, AN DI THANK NORTHWOODS FOR BEING SO OUSTANDING, YEAH THATS SARCASM. HEY ATLEAST THEY ARE PUTTING THEM UP IN APARTMENTS, WOW GOOD JOB
Jeff H

Hamden, CT

#2 Jun 9, 2008
Thank God I don't live in an apartment.
Resident

Farmington, CT

#3 Jun 9, 2008
Morons. It's scary living around them
Past Resident

United States

#4 Jun 10, 2008
This thing has happened far to many times at the same apartment complex. February 2007, the guy left a "cardboard box" full of ashes outside it set the place on fire. Then again in the spring with a grill that set a porch on fire. And the latest another 6 units just like in Feb. 2006. Maybe the building inspector of the city should be out checking on these apartments thats are several years old. And forcing these places to make major adjustments so that people don't lose there homes and worse there lives. Don't blame the tenants, for there careless efforts blame landlords and management for letting them have charcoal grills on second and first floor units and gas on the first. You tell me what makes sense.
Jeff H

Hamden, CT

#5 Jun 10, 2008
Past Resident wrote:
This thing has happened far to many times at the same apartment complex. February 2007, the guy left a "cardboard box" full of ashes outside it set the place on fire. Then again in the spring with a grill that set a porch on fire. And the latest another 6 units just like in Feb. 2006. Maybe the building inspector of the city should be out checking on these apartments thats are several years old. And forcing these places to make major adjustments so that people don't lose there homes and worse there lives. Don't blame the tenants, for there careless efforts blame landlords and management for letting them have charcoal grills on second and first floor units and gas on the first. You tell me what makes sense.
Does the complex allow it? If so, maybe they are partly culpable for the problem. It's still up to the users of the grill to use them properly, even if they are allowed. Blaming manage4ment for the actions of others isn't exactly intellectually honest, now is it?

What changes do you propose, and how would you plan to deal with the disruption and extra costs?
Ex Tenant

United States

#6 Jun 10, 2008
Moving out for me was good move. The building I lived in was right next to this building. Over the three years I lived there, their has been multiple fires. The biggest being the late 2006 fire. Having charcoal grills on second and third floor wooden balconies is ridiculous. My question is when will the management or the city decide to not allow grills? Hmmm shouldn't be a tough decision.
Past Resident

United States

#7 Jun 10, 2008
Jeff H wrote:
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Does the complex allow it? If so, maybe they are partly culpable for the problem. It's still up to the users of the grill to use them properly, even if they are allowed. Blaming manage4ment for the actions of others isn't exactly intellectually honest, now is it?
What changes do you propose, and how would you plan to deal with the disruption and extra costs?
If it has happened several times and there is a history of fires at that complex for the same or similar cause, then maybe something should be done by management. Why would you keep blaming residents for there incompetents. Blame the management companies for allowing residents fo be incompetent.

As far as cost goes...Have you thought about the cost of putting out these fires. Pay to prevent the cause .
Jeff H

Hamden, CT

#8 Jun 10, 2008
Past Resident wrote:
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If it has happened several times and there is a history of fires at that complex for the same or similar cause, then maybe something should be done by management. Why would you keep blaming residents for there incompetents. Blame the management companies for allowing residents fo be incompetent.
As far as cost goes...Have you thought about the cost of putting out these fires. Pay to prevent the cause .
OK, so the management MAKES people leave charcoal fires burning unattended? The MAKE the people burn the place? That's the only way they could be held liable. The people who actually ignite the fires are the only ones who should be held responsible, but the management should be proactive and ban them, given the history.

The cost will be passed on to the tenants. the owners already pay for the cost of putting out the fires in the form of property taxes. retrofitting sprinklers, especially to unheated spaces like decks where these fires occur, is very expensive, as walls and celings need to get ripped into, at great cost and likely tenants will have to leave for about a week while the owrk is done.

Your angle is cute, when you ignore the reality of the actuality. Some of us are realistic, though.
RESIDENT OF NORTHWOODS

United States

#9 Jun 11, 2008
i was the first person to post a comment. when you first move there they tell you that you are allowe prpopane grills on teh first floor and charcoal on the 2nd and 3rd. with so many fires within th elast 3 years here northwoods never, ever made an attempt to mandate anyting other rules, or crack down on things. i even have a guy up above me on the 2nd floor with f$cking propane!!!!! it is the persons careless fault about attending to there grill and teh coals, but northwoods is as much very to blame. they atually worry more about if your parked in someones rserved spot or not. for exmaple the day after the fire, i saw one of the people who work in the office (sean) checking for parking passes. i mean after a fire like that give peopel a break, there priorites are so screwed up that. he should have been spending his time checkin grills, not flipping car passes, what a loser. i love having my grill on the 1st floor where they should be allowed, but do to reckless and irresponsible people, the 2nd and 3rd floors risk everyone. i dont even have a grill on my deck, i keep my grill a good distance away from the building so something doesn't get caught on fire. do we need grill safety classes, or how about the managment grow up and learn after numerous fires.
Melissa Didato

United States

#10 Jun 11, 2008
"RESIDENT" You point out excellent problems with the management. My brother was on the first floor, and was the one knocking on all the doors. He happened to look out expecting to see rain, instead he saw falling debris and embers. There was no smoke alarm or sprinklers going off. After the fire of 2006 you would think management would have "cracked down" on mandating the rules and safety equipment. Because of their failure to do so, my brother, his fiance, and their 4 month old not only are displaced, and lost most of their belongings (much of it irreplaceable due to sentimental value), they will forever be worried about their safety. Instead of towing cars, management should be taking care of these safety hazards before a fatality occurs. It's DISGUSTING!
RESIDENT OF NORTHWOODS

United States

#11 Jun 11, 2008
"MELISSA" if you only knew the other things this place half asses on. they short cut so much to gain money, they raise rent every year and for what purpose, it isn't like they upgrade that place in any aspect. i am not sure if its a northwoods deal, or the company that owns them. there name is AIMCO. i feel for your family and i am glad they were able to make it out. now i feel unsafe where i live because of the way people are reckless and that they do nothing to make the place safer. because of that i have renters insurnace after the first big blaze they had there in 2006. it shouldnt be me spending more money to protect myself, northwoods should spend the money and get there acts right. and they do have a fire inspection which is a joke. they check the fire alams, but why not check other aspects? maybe they dont want to pocket out more insurance themselves, yet again another short cut. an di hope the people in the offices read these comments people have made, because most of you ar a$$holes and losers. so to be vulgar and rude but dealing with them is a joke. not all are like that but you know what they need to put themselves in this position
Past Resident

Southington, CT

#12 Jun 11, 2008
Melissa very sorry to hear about your family members. I'm very fortunate that I got out after living there for 3 years. I can not say one good thing that has come from my experience of living at Northwoods. The parking was a nightmare and the trash that was only picked up once a week.
annoymous

Rocky Hill, CT

#13 Jun 13, 2008
Its true, you should go after the users of the grill, however as a victim of this past blaze, I will be pressing charges against Northwoods for an unsafe living environment. Even though the owners of the grill might have been careless, Northwoods "took the smoke alarms out of the aparment complex because of too many false alarms". I quote that because I heard that come direcctly from a Fire Marshal who reported to the scene. Also, they only had heat detectors which had to reach 168 degrees before sounding. My fiance had to tell someone to pull alarms while he warned the other residents of the fire. The entire left side of the building was in flames before any alarm went off and it still would not have had the woman who pulled it didnt. Northwoods probably realizes this because we've suspected an excessive amount of hospitality following the accident.
Jeff H wrote:
<quoted text>
Does the complex allow it? If so, maybe they are partly culpable for the problem. It's still up to the users of the grill to use them properly, even if they are allowed. Blaming manage4ment for the actions of others isn't exactly intellectually honest, now is it?
What changes do you propose, and how would you plan to deal with the disruption and extra costs?
RESIDENT OF NORTHWOODS

United States

#14 Jun 16, 2008
as i keeping reading comments it just makes me sick. i can't stand what happened. my apartment is like 100 feet away. to the "anonymous" person i am sorry for what happened. i really am, northwoods is a joke, they just were under review for some money issues as well, they were being audited. i can't wait to move out of here. for people who read this, they are taking donations at northwoods leasing office and chestnut leasing office. food, clothes are being taken. so please help i know i did. my brother,my girl friend and i bought a ton of food, and will continue to help.i actually had one of the fire victims on friday thank me when i was brining in food. sounds kinda corny but it touched me and she was very appreciative. its unfortunate that you can't really rely on your neighbors to be responsible, even worse for the place you live you can't rely on them.
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