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Woman says faulty fire extinguisher to blame for eviction

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A woman and her 5-year-old daughter are being forced out of their Overlook Ridge apartment after a kitchen fire.

The victim said the fire wouldn’t have gotten out of control if the fire extinguisher in her apartment had worked.

Regina Cummings admits she stepped away from the frying pan for a moment.

“I stepped out for two seconds,” Cummings said. “I just wanted to step on the porch.”

But that’s all it took for the fire to start.

“I turn around and there’s a fire in my kitchen,” Cummings said.

Cummings said she went for her fire extinguisher, but it didn’t work. It had not been inspected since August of 2013.

“It was a pretty big blaze,” Cummings said. “Tried to put it out with water myself. It didn’t work, so I ended up calling the fire department.”

By the time firefighters arrived, the damage was done.

Cummings contacted the leasing office, which was quick to act.

“They brought me another microwave. After that, I got an eviction letter,” she said.

Channel 4 asked the leasing office who is responsible for maintaining the fire extinguisher. We were told to email our questions, but had not heard back by deadline.

According to the eviction letter, Cummings and her daughter are supposed to be out by Friday, but she said she’s not going out easily.

“I’m going to fight it,” she said. “Because I’m not just going to roll over and let them do that. Because what if something would have happened to my child?”

The eviction notice gives Cummings 30 days to contest the eviction. She said she plans to do that.

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