Residents upset over progress rebuilding their homes months after apartment fire

http://www.good4utah.com/story/d/story/residents-upset-over-progress-rebuilding-their-hom/18185/Vy30EpCLd0mJgvWPmmTy5g

Screen Shot 2015-03-18 at 10.00.21 PMMAGNA, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – It was back in August that a fire burned through some apartments at 8046 W. Copperfield Place, displacing several of the residents, including the Gaeta family.

The Gaeta family lived directly below the apartment where the fire started, which was caused by the neighbor upstairs who was grilling on his balcony. Seven months later and their condo is still not finished.

“It’s been frustrating, stressful, we feel like not only our family but the families that are involved. Our voices aren’t heard. We’ve just heard excuse after excuse after excuse,” said Brooke Gaeta.

Their frustrations have been with the Home Owners Association and Class One – the disaster team the HOA hired to finish the project – who the Gaeta’s say has done a poor job at finishing their condos.

“You’ve been paid since the middle of January, it’s been two months now, you have no excuses when weeks go by and no one is here working,” said Brooke.

Brooke said she checks up on the progress of the job anywere between one to three times a week and says there have been weeks at a time when no work has been done.

The Gaeta’s say they have tried contacting all parties involved including the HOA and Class One. They say each time they are either referred to someone else or their calls are not immediately returned.

Good 4 Utah reached out to the HOA who referred us to their lawyer, Sam Bell, who told us that “the HOA fulfilled their duty in having insurance and tendering a claim, and that the timing is up to the insurance company and the contractors.”

We were also able to get in contact with Class One who told us that they began working on the units using their own money months before the insurance settlement was reached in January. While the insurance company has reimbursed them for those first few months, they say they continue working away at the job site although they haven’t received payment for some of their recent work.

The Gaeta’s maintain that the process has been very slow and disorganized. Meanwhile, Class One says it took longer than expected to get a resolution from the insurance company but have been working hard to get residents moved back in as soon as possible. They also say that they understand residents frustration and remind them that the job is two-thirds of the way done with much of the interior work being finished this week.

The Gaeta’s have also set up a GoFundMe page for anyone looking to help out the residents who have been displaced from their homes. Anyone interested in helping can go to http://www.gofundme.com/magnacondofire

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