LCEC shuts off power at apartments after finding "unsafe conditions"
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CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Residents at a Cape Coral apartment complex are in the dark tonight after LCEC says they found potentially hazardous conditions.
LCEC says they received complaints from residents Tuesday evening about the lights at the apartment complex flickering and dispatched a crew promptly.
According to LCEC, the crew found an "unsafe condition with the customers' electrical equipment," which prompted the power company to stop electricity to the complex.
Residents told Fox 4's Julian Glover that they had no clue what to expect.
"We're in a compromised situation and they said if we leave it on it could set on fire right now," said Kristi Hendrix.
Hendrix told Fox 4 that she and several of the other tenants at 4818 Lucaya Dr. gathered in the courtyard last night and decided to call the property manager to ask for help and an explanation.
But Hendrix says the property manager wasn't helpful.
"He hung up on everyone that called him and he's like it's not my problem," said Hendrix.
Crews are on the scene today, but tenants tell Fox 4 they still haven't heard from the property manager.
Fox 4's Julian Glover went to the property manager's office to get his side of the story, but he was not there.
Fox 4 eventually got in contact with the property manager on the phone and he says he never received a call from any of the residents Tuesday night and responded quickly when he heard of the issue Wednesday morning.
Temperatures were nearing 90 degrees in Cape Coral today, so residents were doing everything in their power to stay cool.
"I couldn't run my air conditioner, last night I was sweating like crazy," said Alli Butler, "I had to open up my doors and everything."
He opened up his front door, but made sure the door to his refrigerator was closed out of fear of his food going bad.
While Fox 4 crews were at the complex, power to Butler's apartment and to about half of the others was restored.
LCEC says it could take until sometime Thursday for power to be full restored to the complex.