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6 months after a fire shut Chattanooga's Patten Towers, residents see some progress

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It took a fire to burn away the veil that obscured the grime and filth at Patten Towers, the public housing project in downtown Chattanooga that was able to pass federal, state and local inspections for years in spite of a laundry list of health and safety defects that remained hidden from public view.

Though six companies of firefighters routinely were summoned to Patten Towers for a daily lights-flashing, sirens-wailing race to deal with largely trivial problems and false alarms, combustible conditions still lurked in the basement, leading to a 1,500-degree electrical fire in late May.

Now, six months after the blaze that created a month-long humanitarian crisis -- the worst in Chattanooga since Hurricane Katrina -- residents say building owner Greg Perlman, prodded by Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke, has fixed the tower's safety problems and upgraded living conditions from appalling to acceptable.

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