Detroit apartment residents waiting for repairs after arson

An accused arsonist was caught on tape starting a fire at an east side apartment complex.

That was in November, but residents are still dealing with the aftermath. 

It's the surveillance video that landed this man behind bars.

He was seen dumping a flammable liquid on the carpet - then setting fire to the second floor of the Karley Square apartments on the city's east side.

"We ran in - me and a couple other guys ran in," said resident John Matthews, who helped his neighbors escape. 

It was a bizarre crime caught on surveillance video in an apartment full of children, elderly, and disabled. 

"It looks like somebody threw a bomb in it you know," said one resident.

Gloria Hough liked living here before the fire - but since the arson the place is a mess. There is burned carpet, floors and doors - and no sign of help.

Many people have moved out but for those who remain have questions and concerns about repairs and when they will be made.

"They didn't prorate anything," Hough said. "We still had to pay the full amount of everything so I don't know."

"If we're giving  you our money then you should be fixing something," Matthews said. "That's how I look at it."

But when FOX 2 tried to get some information for the residents - management kicked us out.

"Outside the building, now," said one building employee. 

A call placed to the company has not yet been returned.
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