Tenants frustrated with hazmat incident


Tenants frustrated with hazmat incident

By Yona Gavino. CREATED Jul 12, 2013 - UPDATED: Jul 12, 2013

MILWAUKEE - Hazmat crews came running to an apartment complex when a sulfur dioxide leak was discovered. Inspectors say it's now safe for tenants to stay there, but that isn't easing any of their frustrations.

“My main concern was there was just no communication,” explains tenant Elizabeth Fincher. “There was no communication from anybody it seemed.”

Elizabeth Fincher tells TODAY’S TMJ4 her landlord at first told her he thought it was safe to go back in the building. But after she asked him again later if it was safe, he said he didn’t know.

“Just not feeling safe, you can’t trade that,” shares Fincher.

She lives across the hall that had the leak and could smell it in her kitchen.

Friday, inspectors announced that tenants could come back inside. They stated they did air monitoring, and that everything was fine.

“Well, the monitoring did show a zero reading for any hazards in the property,” explains Special Enforcements Supervisor Erica Lewandowski. “And we’ll be monitoring the property for the future work that will be occurring to make sure it’s done properly and under the building code.”

Fincher says she still has health concerns.

“I’m sensitive. I have asthma. So I’m sensitive, period,” says Fincher.

Fincher told TODAY’S TMJ4 that even though everyone has been given the okay to stay in their apartment tonight, she’s still concerned. So much so that she’ll be moving out at the end of August

Yona Gavino

Yona Gavino

Yona joined TODAY'S TMJ4 as a general assignment reporter in April 2013. Before moving to MIlwaukee, Yona spent two and a half years as a reporter at the NBC affiliate in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.