We revisit Patten Towers a year after a fire displaced residents there for an entire month.
Residents were forced to live in an emergency shelter while workers brought the century-old building up to code.
David Elliot invited us inside of his Patten Towers apartment Monday.
In the last year, Elliot says property owners are more open with residents and he appreciates the increased social services offered for those who live there.
He's also very satisfied knowing that the fire calls at Patten Towers have decreased by nearly 40% in the last year. Elliott has an idea why the calls were so high to begin with.
"A lot of people who pull that alarm here are off their medication, and they want attention to get to the hospital because no one is coming and visiting them. A lot of that was going on for that reason," said Elliott.
"It's much better, we haven't had fire department down here in a couple of weeks," said Patten Towers resident Cee Williams.
The Chattanooga Fire Department says they've hosted a number of fire safety classes at Patten Towers. That, along with replacing faulty smoke detectors they say, have cut down on fire calls.
Last year, Mayor Andy Berke was very vocal about the need to improve the conditions at the building. Monday, we sat down with Mayor Andy Berke, who says the city has been holding property managers accountable.
"That's because of us working with them to make upgrades to the building so number one we get less emergencies and number 2 when those emergencies happen, we don't send the fire trucks out unless we need to," says Mayor Berke.
While the fire calls are down, some residents are dealing with another problem -- bed bugs.
"It's in the hems of the couches, the hems of the beds, and around the mattresses and most of the stuff that's in the stores doesn't kill them," said Elliott.
Our calls Monday today to the Patten Towers property owners have not been returned. Mayor Berke says he's still working with the property owners to make sure the building is safe for residents.
By Jerry Askin