published Friday, May 31st, 2013

Patten Towers residents must wait 6-8 weeks to return to Chattanooga apartments

Patten Towers resident Deborah Fuqua wipes her eyes after spending the night at the Brainerd Recreation Center after an electrical fire Tuesday night forced 241 residents to be evacuated.
Patten Towers resident Deborah Fuqua wipes her eyes after spending the night at the Brainerd Recreation Center after an electrical fire Tuesday night forced 241 residents to be evacuated.
Photo by Dan Henry.
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    Joe Conti, with PK Management, speaks to media during a news conference at Brainerd Recreation Center.
    Photo by Angela Lewis /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Representatives of the company that owns Patten Towers said residents of the 11-story, low-income apartment building won’t be able to move back into their homes for six to eight weeks.

PK Management officials said this morning that an electrical switch must be custom built.

On Tuesday, the 241 residents of Patten Towers were evacuated after an electrical fire burned out of control in the basement of the building. They are staying at a shelter at Brainerd Recreation Center.

A news conference at the center will be held soon. Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke and other officials will be on hand to answer questions.

Also read: Electrical fire isn't only problem with Chattanooga's Patten Towers, residents say

about Ellis Smith...

Ellis Smith joined the Chattanooga Times Free Press in January 2010 as a business reporter. His beat includes the flooring industry, Chattem, Unum, Krystal, the automobile market, real estate and technology. Ellis is from Marietta, Ga., and has a bachelor’s degree in mass communication at the University of West Georgia. He previously worked at UTV-13 News, Carrollton, Ga., as a producer; at the The West Georgian, Carrollton, Ga., as editor; and at the Times-Georgian, Carrollton, ...

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