BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - After getting a temporary restraining order, a Birmingham lawyer got a first-hand look at the destruction and personal property that is left over from a fire at the Birmingham Building Trades Towers apartments.
The apartment building evacuated residents after a fire in October of 2015.
Franks Buck is a plaintiff's attorney who is representing some 85 of those 150 residents at Trades Towers. He is suing the building's owner, Georgia Holding LLC, because of what he said is a continued hardship for those residents.
Buck put on protective coveralls and examined the building up close and personal Wednesday after obtaining a court order to examine the building. Buck took pictures that show much of the fire damage remains.
He saw personal items such as an electric wheelchair, medicines and other items still in the building.
Buck said it's unfortunate that the company that owns the apartments, Georgia Holding Company, has not done more to get those items cleaned and back to residents.
Buck said he was told by the company they are working now to clean asbestos from the building. The attorney wonders why this was not done in the past.
"I find it very troubling the fact there were...prior notice, there had been prior fires, prior asbestos and not done anything to take care of it," Buck said.
Buck said many of his clients have been put into hotels or nursing homes. His clients want to know if they will return to Trade Towers or not.
Buck said he wants compensation for their loss and new accommodations.
So far we have not been able to get in touch with Georgia Holding Company for comment.