Saskatchewan

Regina apartment-dwellers without heat

People living in an east Regina apartment block have been without heat for more than a week and wear winter coats and hats while sleeping to try to stay warm.

People living in an east Regina apartment block have been without heat for more than a week and wear winter coats and hats while sleeping to try to stay warm..

The boiler heating two 12-unit apartment blocks in a sprawling complex at 105 Cambridge Ave. stopped working on Feb. 25.

Many people are using their stoves to heat their homes, a tenant says.

Tenant Glenn Moore told CBC News the building's landlord provided one electric space heater for each suite, but they don't push heat very far. As well, fuses have been blowing when the heaters are used in combination with other electronics, he said.

"The only heat is the hall heaters and in order to have them running they have the fire doors open, which is a fire violation," Moore said. "So what do you do? You can't stay here without heat."

The landlord has not notified tenants when the boiler will be fixed, according to Moore.

A note on the main door of the block says there will be no heat until further notice.

It's impossible to stay warm, Moore said. Sunday night's temperature will hover around –25 C, according to Environment Canada.

"You can't have a bath or nothing," Moore said. "It's too cold. So I mean you sit around the front room with your coats on, your socks on and your shoes on. You know? Then go to bed with your clothes on. It is just ridiculous."

Moore said a note given to tenants said the floor in the boiler room may need replacing — possibly delaying repairs further.

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