After utility problems cut off the lights and water in the Venetia condominimum near downtown Miami, residents returned late Wednesday to limited power, according to Miami Fire-Rescue.
Residents of the condo, at 555 NE 15th St., had water and power but no air conditioning and only four of the seven elevators worked, Fire-Rescue spokesman Ignatius Carroll said.
All the businesses in the building, about 30, had to stay closed, Carroll said.
The woes started Monday, according to the management, with a flood on the 11th floor during an emergency repair to an air-conditioning unit that broke a water pipe. The flood led to the blowout of an electrical transformer.
Fire-Rescues Carroll said that the department was told by the buildings management that a generator had kicked in and had provided some power but no water earlier in the week.
You have to have running water in order to occupy a building, Carroll said.
Wednesday, concerned calls reached Fire-Rescue, who notified the fire marshal about the conditions. Paramedics got several medical calls about people having panic or anxiety attacks because of the situation, Carroll said.
Paramedics had to climb as many as 30 flights of stairs because of the lack of power in the building. During the day, water and some power was restored. But, until the transformer is completely repaired and inspected, the building cant return to full power, Carroll said.
And management is required to provide a fire watch, which Carroll said is a security guard responsible for walking the residential floors and making sure they are safe.
The city gave the building two weeks to get the problem fixed, he said.
Late Wednesday, Miami fire trucks were at the building so firefighters could assess the buildings safety.