Fire at Quail Ridge Apartments highlights building violations

MAUMEE, OH (TOLEDO NEWS NOW) - Twelve residents of a Maumee apartment complex have to search for a new place to live after the building caught on fire around 6:00 p.m. Saturday night.

The Maumee Fire Chief says the fire started in some mulch at the Quail Ridge apartments located on Piccadilly Lane near Dussel Drive and then spread. The building housed eight units.

Resident Debbie Binkley says she saw the fire in a bush, and it spread very quickly from there.

Everyone was able to make it out of the building safely.

Insurance claims agents met with residents on Monday to assess the damage, but residents say they feel the building's owner, Mark Merrill, should have to help pay for what they have lost, and brought up several building violations that have been reported.

The Piccadilly Lane Limited Partnership was in court for violations from February 2012.

Court documents show the company has failed to maintain the property, saying balconies were not structurally sound, electrical wiring was exposed, plumbing was leaking, and portions of the wall were rotting and broken.

The case was continued until July, but residents say the only improvement they saw was new landscaping, including mulch.

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