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Northglenn seniors left in cold with broken heater as temps plummet

Carol Karns is worried about how she will stay warm tonight with broken boilers in her apartment.
Posted at 9:31 PM, Oct 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-11 00:46:55-04

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NORTHGLENN, Colo. -- A group of seniors in Northglenn has been without heat since Wednesday night, and as temperatures plummet overnight Thursday, many are concerned about their safety.

"I've lived at Squire Village Apartments for 18 years," said Carol Karns, 82, who said every cold snap, she braces for the boilers to break. "Since I've lived here we've had a lot of trouble with the heat because the boilers are so old, but it's never been off this long."

Her oven has been on and open, heating her small apartment all day Thursday.

Meanwhile, it's too cold for Georgia Lagasse, whose daughter-in-law, Linda, is taking her home with her for the night.

"At 4 p.m. they were supposed to be here to fix the boiler, and they never came," said Georgia Lagasse. "It needs to be fixed. People are here in walkers and wheelchairs, and they can't leave."

Even in buildings where the heat is on, in the dropping temperatures, some residents said the old boilers can't keep up.

Cathy Remington predicts her apartment will be in the 50s on Thursday night, even though she has the thermostat set at 90, and she said she gets little response from PK Management, which manages the property.

"[There's a grievance paper over there that was just delivered to our door today because they're tired of us calling the office or [leaving a] message saying it's an emergency," said Remington.

Contact7 reached out to PK Management but received no response to our requests for comment.

"I don't have any place to go tonight, so I'll just stay here," said Karns, who plans to bundle up and brave the cold, but looked worried. "It's supposed to get down to, I think, 12, they said. I hope they get it fixed."