|Published:||Sep 06, 2011 3:45 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Sep 06, 2011 3:45 AM EDT|
NAPLES, Fla.- Florida Power and Light technicians attempted to turn power back on to surrounding buildings after a meter caught fire and burned through the wall of an apartment.
"I grabbed the hose as quickly as I could and fortunately it went out. But we evacuated everyone from the building," said resident Sean Gilliam.
Turns out it's not the first time they've been to this building.. the fire department says there have been at least three calls by residents to FPL regarding electricity concerns just in the last two months.
"Everything just kept turning off. The XBOX would turn off. The tv would turn off, and it was fine for a little bit. Like today it was fine... and then this," said neighbor Rosemary Viera.
FPL says the actual meter belongs to the complex and isn't part of their on site equipment. So if they were to be called out, that wouldn't be part of their inspection.
The fire only damaged one apartment, but residents of all eight units in the building are now evacuated until the meter unit is replaced.. that may take days or even weeks.
Neighbors are frustrated the complex didn't address the issue sooner.
"Where am I supposed to go? The lights are off in the entire building, I have to work tomorrow, my fiance has to work tomorrow. I don't understand the problem. They should have fixed it when it first happened," Viera continued.
Nobody was hurt in the Monday afternoon fire.
The assistant manager of the property was on scene after the incident. She turned down a request for an interview and said the complex had no comment.