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Hartford woman dealing with unthinkable conditions at apartment

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Barbara Hawkins' front door is broken and difficult to open and close, which is a safety and fire hazard. (WFSB) Barbara Hawkins' front door is broken and difficult to open and close, which is a safety and fire hazard. (WFSB)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A Hartford woman is dealing with unthinkable conditions inside her Westland Street apartment.

A broken bathroom faucet, windows covered in duct tape, others stuffed with towels…these are just some of the appalling conditions inside Barbara Hawkins’ apartment. Her front door is broken and difficult to open and close, which is a safety and fire hazard.

She said her landlord has done nothing about it for months.

"It's very frightening...very frightening,” Hawkins said.

Her front door is by far the biggest problem. It is covered in duct tape and Hawkins said it’s so hard to lock and unlock that she’s forced to use the fire escape to get out.

"When I try to get out the door, it's hard to get out. If there was a fire, we'd be jammed up in here...me and my son and my grandkids,” Hawkins said.

In January, Hawkins filed two complaints with the city’s licensing and inspections department.

The owner received two violations, one for insufficient heat in the middle of winter, which he fixed.

The other for Hawkins’ front door, which nearly three months later, has not been taken care of.

"He calls and says he's coming to fix it but he hasn't done nothing,” Hawkins said, adding that she’s hoping to move out as soon as possible.

After being notified by the city, the fire marshal’s office inspected the door on Tuesday. They are notifying the owner that he needs to repair it immediately.

If he does not comply, the fire marshal’s office said they will take further legal action.

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