DCRA finds housing code violations in Southeast D.C. apartments after no heat complaints

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - A team with the city's Office of the Fire Marshal and inspectors with the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs went to inspect several buildings in the Cascade Park apartment complex.

Representatives from both groups attended a community meeting Thursday night, hours after a fire, where residents expressed living concerns, including that many units do not have heat.

Deputy Director of DCRA, Lori Parris, told DCW50 that they conducted housing code inspections as a result of the fire and no heat complaints.

They inspected 4281 6th Street SE, 4283 6th Street SE, 4285 6th Street SE, and 4287 6th Street SE.

In a written statement to DCW50, Parris said:

"DCRA identified several housing code violations that included, no heat, plumbing, smoke damage as a result of the fire, and no hot water.  Based on the violations observed, DCRA will issue notices of infraction to the landlord.   Additionally, DCRA participated in a meeting the evening  of the fire to hear about the current housing conditions at Cascade Park Apartments.  DCRA will continue to conduct inspections and respond to any complaints regarding the housing conditions."

Parris said she could not go into detail about what exactly the infractions will entail just yet.

Some residents also reported that they did not hear a smoke or fire alarm go off, but instead, woke up to a neighbor alerting them of the fire.

A spokesman for D.C. Fire and EMS says their team is still investigating whether or not the building had working smoke alarms.

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