Some East Cleveland residents say they’ve been living in cold apartments for days

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EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio-- Some residents living in the Forest Hill Park Apartments on Superior Road said they've been without heat since Thursday and are demanding something be done about it.

With temperatures over the weekend among the coldest of the season, Fox 8 News measured a temperature reading of 40 degrees in one unit.

Residents said they were struggling to keep warm. Some turned to space heaters, which have blown apartment fuses, and others are boiling water and using their ovens to generate heat.

"It's very, very, very inconvenient," tenant Margita Simmons said. "I'm not saying we deserve everything we want when we want it, but I think we deserve what we're supposed to get, especially paying our rent."

Simmons said there have been issues with the heat in her unit since October, but it completely went out on Thursday. She said she's worried about the health of her four young children, including a 2-month-old infant.

"They need to fix this, and they need to fix it now," she said.

Forest Hill Park Apartments' property managerĀ told Fox 8 News that contractors were working to repair the heat. At noon on Monday, she said the problem would be fixed within a couple of hours. However, as of 5 p.m., the heat was still not working, according to tenants.

"I hope to see this get fixed. Even if I do have to move, people have to live here, and we shouldn't have to live here like this," tenant Sylvia Wise said.

Wise said she planned to move because of concern over the lack of heat and its potential impact on her 8-year-old daughter.

Fox 8 News left a message for East Cleveland's building and housing managerĀ about potential code violations stemming from the heat issues at the apartment complex.

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