WHITE SETTLEMENT (CBSDFW.COM) – On a hot 95 degree Thursday afternoon Sharon Petty tries to get comfortable inside her apartment. “It feels like I’m burning,” says Petty who lives at the Legacy Apartments in White Settlement “I would say it’s about 90 in here.”
Sharon says she’s been literally sweating it out for three months now. She says she’ll have a bit of air conditioning, but then nothing. “I get cold rags or I get in the cold shower and that’s how I cool off,” says Petty as she cools down on another hot day.
What bothers her even more is in the heat she can’t control her asthma and her coughing has gotten worse. “It’s the heat not being able to cool off enough,” explains Petty as she starts a breathing treatment.
The White Settlement Fire Marshall stopped by to see for himself after CBS 11 notified him of the problems at the complex. The same complex had air conditioning problems last summer and electrical problems the year before that. “It’s hot in here I can feel it,” says Fire Marshall Lt. R.J. Schwartz “Her apartment was 91 degrees her AC was blowing at approximately 85 degrees.”
Last week the property manager sent a letter to residents saying the chiller would be down. Then on Wednesday another letter was sent saying they were still working on it.
A heating & air conditioning company was on property while a CBS 11 crew was there on Thursday, but for some it’s just too late.
“It is stifling hot,” Eddie Garcia says holding his 2-year-old daughter. Garcia was forced to buy several window units, but says it’s still too hot inside his apartment. He’s now moving out. “We can’t afford to stay here with all the money we’ve put into it and not have air,” explains Garcia.
The Fire Marshall says the property management has until Friday morning to fix the AC units, and that if it’s not fixed by then they could be citated.