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Residents Without Gas 5 Days After NE Columbus Barricade
COLUMBUS (Carol Luper) -- Neighbors of a Northeast Columbus man who was arrested by Columbus SWAT officers on Sunday are angry that their gas is still not back on.
Columbus Police officers had Columbia Gas turn the Fitzroy Drive building’s gas off because James Smith had barricaded himself in his apartment. Smith said he was frustrated with what he called “mismanagement” of the complex and threatened to blow it up.
After three hours of negotiations, police arrested Smith, but the gas was never turned back on for the building’s residents.
Jamilla Johnson said she has not been able to cook or do dishes or bathe since Sunday. She was forced to send her two young daughters to stay with her aunt because of the situation.
"I tried to use the hot water and tried to use the stove but it was off," Johnson said.
The Apartment Manager said Columbia Gas came to turn the gas back on after the barricade was over, but they found a leak and other problems.
The manager said the company has been back every day since then, and the valves have all been replaced, but residents still say they don’t have gas in their units.