No fire erupted, he said. The complex is making repairs to more than 200 heating units at the apartment after electrical heaters sparked two separate fires at the apartments at 4615 S. Virginia St. in early November, he said.
McKinney served a notice to apartment management after the fires that ordered a qualified inspector to make repairs and maintenance to potentially hazardous heating units and report back to his office within 30 days.
McKinney said he expects to hear back from management next week, but repairs are ongoing.
After the fires, McKinney said he and a city mechanical inspector found several problems with the heating units, including heat damage to conductors and incorrectly installed service panel covers that provide the first line of defense to contain the heat.
The first fire was Nov. 3 in a building on the north side of the complex. It was contained to the one building and caused an estimated $150,000 in damages, authorities said.
A heater sparked another fire at Buildings 18 and 19 at the same complex the next day. The fire began in Building 19 and quickly spread to the neighboring building because of escalated wind conditions, fire officials said.
The second fire caused about $500,000 in damage and destroyed or heavily damaged up to 20 apartments, authorities said.
The Texas Panhandle Chapter of the American Red Cross helped about 15 people on both days, agency officials said.
No one sustained any injuries from the blazes, fire officials said.
The Potter-Randall Appraisal District lists each building’s value at $173,172.
Representatives with TVO North America, the apartment’s parent company, could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
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