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Displaced Fire Victims Vent Concerns Over Management

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SALISBURY, Md. - Days after flames ripped through a Salisbury Apartment building, residents tell WMDT their frustrations reach way beyond the flames.

"We need help! What is up with this!," said Marie Morgan. "Thank God I'm a Christian, because I'm about ready to punch somebody in their nose."

Four days after a fire ripped through a Pemberton Manor apartment located at 1004 Fairground Drive, State Fire Marshals point to an electrical malfunction as the cause.

But the reason these residents are so angry? They say they've been given an unrealistic ultimatum in their time of need.
     
"When I get here around 1 PM, they were like, 'you have to get your stuff out by 5 PM," said Jameisha Truitt. "It's really hard because I don't really have anyone to help me get things.  It's all been really stressful."

The residents we found moving out today tell WMDT they were told to get their things out by 5:30 PM or their possessions would be thrown away as part of the clean up and restoration process. We reached out to Tryko Partners, LLC, owners of the Salisbury apartment complex, who responded by e-mail.

"The February 24 fire at Pemberton Manor truly was unfortunate, and we feel for the individuals and families that were temporarily displaced from their homes. At the same time, the entire management team is extremely grateful that no injuries were sustained.

"We are very impressed with the Red Cross. They worked with us to quickly and efficiently relocate residents from the building's 11 units to a nearby hotel and also agreed to support their stay there through Friday, March 1.

"Our staff and contractors were busy all week, clearing debris and readying the building to welcome residents back into eight of these homes just five days after the fire. We are pleased that only three units sustained major damage. As we rebuild, we have provided temporary housing within Pemberton Manor for the displaced families.

"Finally, we are thankful for the way that Pemberton Manor's residents came together under difficult circumstances. The manner in which they responded during and after the incident reflects a deep sense of caring and community. We are proud to be part of that spirit."

The letter said nothing about the move-out deadline.

"The Red Cross did put me up until tomorrow morning, but then where we going after that?" said Morgan.

Tryko tells WMDT they plan to provide temporary housing within Pemberton Manor for the displaced families while repairs are being done. But these residents say they've haven't been told anything about that.

After the fire, the Red Cross helped by relocating residents from the building's 11 units to a nearby hotel. We're told they will be supporting and sheltering the displaced residents until tomorrow.

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