DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The death of a little boy at a Dallas apartment complex this week has some residents afraid to turn on their ovens even after the gas company insists their system is safe. But the problem could be beyond the gas company’s control.READ MORE: 2 People Killed In 3 Days By Separate Hit-And-Run Drivers In Fort Worth
Friends of seven-year-old Fabian Pena paid their respects to a growing memorial for the little boy.
Kenneth Giddings spent the day helping his niece move out of her building across the street because he says he doesn’t want her to be the next victim.
“Sometimes she comes home, she can smell the gas walking up the stairs, and she called the gas company one time. They came by and checked it out, and they took off,” Giddings said.
After Wednesday’s fire, Atmos Energy said they checked the natural gas system that serves the area and concluded the system remains safe, but residents like Shelia Jones are convinced the problem is not with Atmos’ system.
“When I walk up to my doorway I smell the gas, and it’s like, it’s not that strong, it’s just real light, but then I go in the house, and then I go towards the stove, and that’s when I realize that the stove is still on,” Jones said.
Jones shot video of her oven she said stays on even after she turns the knob to the off position.READ MORE: Hit-And-Run Driver Sought After Killing Woman, Injuring 2 Others On I-30
“I called the front office and asked them to come over and check it out, and they always tell me, okay well we’re going to get somebody over here, but then nobody never comes. Two or three days later I call back, nobody still never comes,” Jones said.
Many residents said they had similar experiences.
Tenants like Jones said frustration over an appliance has turned to fear in the wake of the fatal fire.
“It scared me because I mean one day I could be in the house and me and my family could get killed like this lady’s baby did. I mean it’s real scary,” Jones said.
Jones said the day of the fire she asked the Atmos inspectors to check her apartment.
She said they cleared the exterior of her unit but told her appliances inside are the apartment’s responsibility, and Jones said she’s still waiting to hear back from apartment management.MORE NEWS: Dallas Police Arrest Yoni Vasquez For Allegedly Stabbing Mother Of His Children To Death
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