Residents in Englewood apartment complex still without heat and hot water following boiler explosion

Posted at 4:53 PM, Oct 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-15 12:44:40-04

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Residents in an Englewood apartment complex are still without heat and hot water more than a week after a boiler exploded and shut down the utilities. Their biggest concern is not having the necessities going into a winter weather storm on Sunday.

“It’s going to be really cold and it’s going to get even colder in the apartment,” said resident Skyler Williams.

The complex is now providing space heaters to the residents impacted until the whole problem is fixed.

Contact7 first got in touch with Golden Nugget Apartment residents on Monday. The complex sits near the intersection of Belleview Ave. and Broadway St.

“I have seen it happen before but never to this length,” said resident Larry George.

Contact7 got in touch with SKM Management, the property owner, and they said they would get a permit Tuesday and then hopefully have the gas turned on by Wednesday after a pressure test. However, when Contact7 checked on Friday, the gas was still not turned on.

“No heat, no hot water, not being able to shower,” said resident Darwin Padilla.

Contact7 went to the Golden Nugget Apartments' leasing office to get answers for when the complex's boiler will be fixed. Our team ran into multiple knocks at a locked door, no answer, and sometimes someone peeking out the window from the leasing office.

"It is heartbreaking and totally unacceptable,” said State Representative Jeff Bridges.

Bridges represents District 3, where the apartments are located. He reached out to Xcel Energy, who sent someone over to check out the problem on Friday. Turns out SKM is in charge of replacing the exploded boiler before Xcel can turn on the gas.

"The story of the weekend is the weather, the temperature dropping and these folks need to have heat,” said Rep. Bridges.