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Tulsa French Villa residents going on one month without gas service

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Posted at 6:04 PM, Oct 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-25 22:53:52-04

TULSA — 90 people are in the cold, in their own homes.

Residents living at the French Villa Apartments say they have not had gas service for a month.

The problem started with a domestic dispute that revealed deeper problems.

Erica Hefner walks around her kitchen, "We can't turn this on. We cannot turn this on. We can't do laundry. We don't have heat at all."

The problem goes back to the night of September 29th. Cops were called on Charles Fox. He was arrested for act of terrorism, domestic assault & battery by strangulation, and arson 4th degree.

Hefner recalls what happened before his arrest, "He was trying to blow up the place. They turned the gas off -- which took all of five minutes. Now, it's taking over a month to get it turned back on."

Estrada says Oklahoma Natural Gas has not turned it back on because leaks were found in the underground lines. All of them will have to be rebuilt.

“We’re a little baffled by the ordeal ourselves. We've never been through anything like this. It does take about two weeks to get the job done."

Estrada says it is an extensive project they needed to get approval on, and rain has not helped.

Until work is done, they provided one electric stove for residents to use.

The YMCA opened its doors to them for hot showers.

Estrada also says every resident was given a heater, and she promises fair compensation.

“We do know that they're going to be compensated. There's money allocated for that. We just don't want to give the direct amount at this time because we don't know when it's going to be finished."

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