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7 months after fire, Reading family still faces a lot of repairs

By 69 News, follow: @69news, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Jan 27 2014 08:26:45 AM CST

7 months after a fire, a family is back home, but there's still a lot of repairs to be done.

READING, Pa. -

Back in June, a blaze broke out at the Oakbrook homes on Pershing Boulevard in Reading. The fire quickly spread to the whole block. All six homes were damaged.

Seven months later, it's hard to tell from the outside that a fire ever happened. But the family living inside says they're reminded every day.

Martiza Vega tells us it's hard for her family to live in the unit. The entire second floor has no ceiling. Plywood is the only thing separating the house from the still fire-damaged roof.

"What I would really like is for them to fix this roof for me," explained Vega. "Or give me another apartment, because I know they have other units."

69 News took Vega's issue to the Reading Housing Authority. Executive Director Daniel Luckey says crews are still working on the damaged homes.

"You have to understand, two of the units were completely destroyed, the other three or four lost the ceilings and the roofs," he explained. "The whole roof system, the trusses and everything have to be replaced."

Luckey says he will look into the situation, and hopes to have the repairs complete within a month.

News like that makes Vega and her family hopeful.