PT Barnum residents face homelessness in wake of July Fourth fire

Some PT Barnum residents say they have nowhere left to go after a July Fourth fire destroyed their homes.

News 12 Staff

Jul 8, 2020, 5:03 PM

Updated 1,435 days ago

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Dozens of PT Barnum residents say they have nowhere left to go after a July Fourth fire destroyed their homes.
Families residing in Building 8 at PT Barnum Apartments who say their time at a local hotel runs out on Friday are demanding answers about where they are going to go.
The families met with city officials Wednesday to get an update on the situation.
The fire was the result of fireworks landing on the roof, according to witnesses, but the fire marshal has not yet made the official determination.
At least 59 people were displaced by the apartment fire at the PT Barnum Apartments in Bridgeport.
"As a community we are all upset because it's really hard, it's really hard. And right now we are waiting. We are all here as a community to fight for our rights — that way, we can have a safe home to stay at," a resident tells News 12.
The city says its role is merely to support the local housing authority, Park City Communities, which is in charge of relocating residents.
Authorities say they're working on getting families into alternate housing around Bridgeport, and to see in the meantime if hotels stays can be extended past Friday.
Local nonprofits such as the Needs Clearing House are also stepping up to help.
"I watched News 12's coverage of the PT Barnum fire this past weekend and have been fortunate to be able to raise $23,000 to help towards expenses for people who essentially lost everything,” says Joe Kaliko, founder of Needs Clearing House.
Officials say they initially thought some of the apartments could be salvaged, but now it's looking like that will not be the case. 
 
 


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