Jaycee Towers residents return home after more than 48hrs
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - It's been a trying few days for 150 residents who had to leave Jaycee Towers Monday morning after a fire knocked out power to the 18 story building. Wednesday night they're finally back in their homes.
Electricians have been working to restore power since the fire Monday and have now finished the job. Chattanooga Fire officials deemed the 18 story building safe for living. It news that's music to the ears of the around 150 residents.
Many of them have spent the last two nights sleeping on cots at an emergency shelter set up by the Red Cross and Salvation Army. Many have physical disabilities and other special needs.
CARTA buses picked them up around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday and shuttled them back to their own beds at Jaycee Towers. Residents say they are very thankful for the work of the technicians and the volunteer agencies that supported them this week.
"They are Jaycee Towers' heroes and we want to thank each and every one of them. They brought smiles to our faces and made us happy and we're going home," resident Marcia Perry said.
"It's moving me pretty good. It's made every bit of what we've done worth while,' Red Cross EMT Jamie Lewis said.
"First thing I'm going to do is brush my hair and my teeth," resident Leslie Chastain said.
The Chattanooga Food Bank left them with boxes of groceries since all of their refrigerated items were ruined.