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OKLAHOMA CITY — Residents of an Oklahoma City apartment complex suddenly found themselves without running water Thursday. It appears the new owner of the property intentionally had services disconnected.

“Dumpster’s gone. Water’s off. What are we supposed to do? Nobody will call us back and give us any answers,” resident Nicholas Fox said.

That’s when Fox said he called News Channel 4.

The small apartment complex where he and his neighbors live was foreclosed on and Wells Fargo Bank purchased the property.

“We moved into this place and Wells Fargo bought it through a sheriff’s auction and now we have no water, no trash can, no nothing,” Fox said. “I’ve got two kids. I don’t want to deal with this. I just want to move.”

“We’re not getting anything but the run around,” resident Chris Heflin said.

News Channel 4 could not get a response when we called the attorney who represents Wells Fargo.

So we called Oklahoma City officials and within an hour the Oklahoma City Health Department inspector stopped by to look at the problem.

“This is a multi-family dwelling. It’s the owner’s responsibility to provide water service to all the tenants here,” city inspector Charles Bartusch said.

Once again Fox called the attorney who represents Wells Fargo.

“I just think it’s pretty sad that we had to go through all of this just to get you guys to do this,” he said. “Because we’ve had to call News 4. The health department is out here, the whole nine yards.”

Fox got a promise the water and a place to put trash is on the way.

“They’ll be on their way at 8 a.m.,” the attorney said. “As far as the trash receptacle, they will be out as soon as possible.”

Until that happens, the health inspector placed a notice on the door and will send another one to Wells Fargo.

If nothing is done within 24 hours, the city could take legal action.

“We condemn the house and say it’s unlivable, because you can’t live in Oklahoma City without water,” Bartusch said.

News Channel 4 will check back Friday to make sure water has been restored.

We’ll keep you posted. 

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