Gas lines repaired at frigid apartment complex

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- For the residents living at Summerset Village apartments, it's been awhile since they've had a reason to smile.

"Last night two people went to the hospital because it's cold," resident Steven Moungvieng said. "They're old and cannot move, cannot breathe."

They've been living without hot water or heat for weeks after multiple gas leaks were found. Code enforcement officials also found hundreds of violations. Working against time, repair crews worked tirelessly to get the gas back on Saturday. "We have a PG&E crew of about twenty technicians going through," code enforcement manager Del Estabrooke said. "Their job is to relight water heaters, the stoves and heaters."

So, now that Pacific Gas and Electric is turning the gas back on the next step is finding out what heaters, water heaters and stoves aren't working. Then they'll look inside this container full of appliances and replace them as needed.

Every unit is being carefully inspected before these teams take a short break. The dozens of technicians finished their biggest task a week ahead of schedule. "Just the manpower of having all the companies pulled together and come out here," Regency Property Management president Brad Hardie said.

All the repairs and future renovations are being paid for by the property owner. Now city officials say the next step is dealing with the code violations.
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