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Families forced out of their Hartford home by collapse

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Residents at 700 Albany Avenue were displaced after a building collapse on Friday. (WFSB) Residents at 700 Albany Avenue were displaced after a building collapse on Friday. (WFSB)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Part of an apartment building wall came crumbling down in Hartford and a number of people including children were forced out of their homes.

Residents at 700 Albany Avenue said they were not surprised by the collapse on Friday morning. They noticed problems for months and said their landlord has not done anything about it.  

Bricks on the ground and a crumbled wall were the issue that forced families from seven units out of Albany Avenue apartment building.

"The day before yesterday I was coming down from the back and I saw all the bricks all over the floor,” Roseangela Sanchez, who is a mother of two, said.

Sanchez said she immediately called her landlord to tell him about the issue. She claimed he said he'd take care of it.

"I've been telling him a lot of stuff about apartment needing fixing and we've been there without light since November and he hasn't fixed anything,” Sanchez said. 

A Hartford building official told Eyewitness News the owner was cited in March of last year for the exact area, which came down on Friday.

While Sanchez said she is happy that the landlord will be putting her family up for the next few days, she's also concerned for the weeks to come.

"That's what I'm worried about what's going to happen because I have my kids, and my granddaughter too,” Sanchez said. “All I know is we can't be left on the street."

Eyewitness News reached out to the property manager who said they are doing everything they can to get people back in their homes in two to three weeks.

In the meantime, he said they will be putting up residents in a hotel for two days and are currently looking to find them temporary housing.

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