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Residents Outraged After Meth Lab Fire Destroys Apartments

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Residents Outraged After Meth Lab Fire Destroys Apartments

CREATED Jul 20, 2014
By Chris Conte

MADISON, Tenn. – Residents of a Madison apartment complex displaced by a fast-moving, explosive fire on Saturday say they're being ignored by their management company.

"And it’s just not right, they’re not trying to help us no kind of way. We want someone to know and feel our pain because they’re acting like they don’t feel it," resident Savannah McCarroll said on Sunday.

McCarroll is one of 75 people who became homeless after a meth lab exploded at the Alta Loma Apartments, causing a massive blaze that destroyed eight apartments.

Police say 27-year-old Kelly Wakefield and her boyfriend, 22-year-old Michael Drury are charged with cooking meth, a process that resulted in an explosion inside their apartment.

On Sunday residents were told they could meet with apartment managers to discuss getting their rent and deposit back, but no one showed up.

"They’ve got my deposit, they’ve got half a months rent. That alone right there would get me setup for a motel or whatever," says David Lanier who was also displaced by the fire.

Lanier says the managers of the Alta Loma Apartments had received complaints about the couple but did nothing to solve the issue.

"If they would’ve followed through with the complaints this could’ve been prevented, it could’ve," he added.

The American Red Cross has set up an emergency shelter to assist those displaced by the fire. The Red Cross said residents can come to the Madison Church of Christ, located at 106 North Gallatin Road in Madison at 11:30 p.m.

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