MAUMEE, OH (Toledo News Now) - Days after a fire ripped through a Maumee apartment building, some residents are still waiting to get their personal belongings.
More than a dozen residents at the Quail Ridge Apartments are wondering if their belongings survived Saturday's fire. Views into broken windows show some personal belongings made it.
The building is charred and condemned by the city of Maumee.
"In my head, the back of the apartment seems good. I've driven around back and I look at my blinds and they seem OK," said resident Angie Thomas.
Debi Binkley's father was a full-blooded Cherokee. His old photos and personal items were inside and they are irreplaceable.
"Mainly for sentimental reasons, not value or anything, but that's what's important to me, said Binkley.
Despite several calls and e-mails, residents have not heard anything from management on if they will get to look inside.
"It is frustrating, and the waiting, and you're getting more anxious and can we do anything? Or, we're not gonna be able to do anything. You know, that's what's confusing," said Binkley.
According to the city, the building owner is waiting on its insurance for approval to tear down the building. Going inside now is deemed unsafe so security is keeping an eye on the building. It's up to the building owner and insurance adjustor to decide when to demolish the building.
The building's manager offered no comment.
"It's pretty hard to describe the frustration. I don't, I don't even know. It's just not knowing anything, [makes me] frustrated, angry," said Thomas.
The city said in the past, residents have been allowed to go through the rubble, but it is now out of the city's control.