Asbestos cleanup lengthens evacuation at Regency Tower Apartments

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More than 120 senior citizens are left without a place to live after a fire at the Regency Tower apartments last month. 

After further investigation, disturbed asbestos was found, which extended the evacuation process. 

“They told me it’s a mandatory evacuation and that hit me like a ton of bricks,” said Sali McGarth, who lived on the sixth floor. 

Those who lived on floors one through nine will be able to return to their homes in August, once the apartment building is fixed up. 

“I think it’s safe to say this fire was a defining moment for these residents,” property manager Cherie Pearson said. “I think they were lives before the Regency fire and after the Regency fire.”

Management said they don’t know how long it’ll be until the residents of floor 10 will be able to return. 

“We are scared when you don’t know and now we know, and we can come back if we choose in a few months,” Kathy Poseley, who lived on the sixth floor, said. 

Some of the residents said they will be staying with family members, and others with friends who live in town. The apartment complex said they are also trying to help place some residents who have nowhere to go.

The majority of the residents said they had renters insurance and are just happy they made it out of the fire unharmed. 

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