SAN ANTONIO (AP) — About 250 residents of a senior-living facility near San Antonio must find new housing following the late December fire that killed at least five people and injured more than a dozen.
The 11-story complex is uninhabitable, the management company for the Wedgwood Apartments in Castle Hills said in a letter posted on the facility's website.
Officials are working to move 70 people to new housing, Bexar County fire marshal spokeswoman Laura Jesse said Friday. More than 100 residents are currently in hotels while others have gone to stay with family and friends.
"What we are doing," she said, "is trying to get these residents moved toward a more permanent living situation."
Three residents are still in the hospital, she said. A sixth resident died two days after the Dec. 28 blaze, but officials haven't said if the fire contributed to her death.
Past news reports said 350 people lived at the apartment complex, but Jesse said that the actual number is about 250. Officials originally had trouble accounting for the residents and their whereabouts because many were away during the holidays.
Since the fire, more than 20 residents have jointly filed a negligence lawsuit against the management company and its owners, seeking at least $1 million in damages for medical care expenses and compensation. They say the fire was a direct result of deficiencies in maintenance, policies, procedures and/or the condition of the apartment complex.
Wedgwood management declined to comment on Friday afternoon. The letter says residents cannot return to the property to collect their belongings right now, and did not give a timeline for when they might be able to do so.