KANSAS CITY, Mo. - An electric fire forced dozens of tenants out of a downtown high-rise on August 6. Now, they may not be able to go back home until November.
Talisha Williams lived in the 16-story building on the ninth floor. She was forced to move out and without electricity and anywhere to live, it's been a nightmare.
Williams only moved to Kansas City in April. Now just five months later, she's moving out.
"I actually will have to leave my job Thursday and will be moving to Texas with my mom so I'll have to start all the way over," Williams said.
The fire forced everyone out of the building at 11th and Grand.
The Alexander Group, the property managers, eventually put some people in hotels.
Now, they may not be able to go home until after October 31st.
Like Williams, tenants faced an ultimatum. Williams could either extend her lease another six months or move her stuff out.
"I didn't want to add six months to my lease because like I said, I'm disappointed in them and I really don't want anything to do with them at all if this is how they're going to treat their tenants in the event of an emergency," Williams said.
41 Action News called the group. They said the company wasn't responsible for housing in the event of a fire but they did it as a courtesy.
So we asked an attorney: who is responsible?
Bob Wise of Wise & Anderson, LCC said generally the landlord is not responsible unless they were negligent.
"If the landlord knew that a problem existed and failed to fix it and as a result someone else was injured," Wise said.
The exact cause is not yet known but Williams is sure of one thing.
"I probably won't move into another high-rise, at least not on the 9th floor again, I'm pretty much done with high-rises," she said.
The entire building will need to be completely rewired. That's what the company said is causing the delay.
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