SAN ANTONIO-- David Aleman moved into the Stoneybrook Apartments on April 1. A month later his building caught fire during a lightning storm. Aleman relocated to another building and was promised he would be able to go through his old apartment to gather his belongings. That day never came.
"A lot of it was salvageable per the firefighters. We just weren't allowed back in the building," said Aleman. "Management assured us that we'd be notified at least a day before the demolition and that they would have a team to help us get what could be salvaged."
Aleman said when he saw his washer and dryer being hauled away he asked questions. He said the worker told him the crew was allowed to salvage and profit from the property left behind. The worker went on to tell Aleman he could buy the washer and dryer if he wanted them.
Aleman called San Antonio police who were unable to do anything as it appeared to be a civil matter.
Aleman said the apartment manager has refused to talk to him about the issue.
Late Wednesday afternoon the Affordable Housing director for LULAC tried to meet with management at the apartment complex in an effort to get answers.
George Alejos said the residents should have been allowed to go through their belongings.
"Let's sit down at the table and come to a resolution. It will be a lot more fair and convenient for everybody and won't have to go to court and settle this before a judge," said Alejos. "I'd like for management to step forward and do the right thing for these families who are inconvenienced right now."
The Stoneybrook Apartments are in the 6900 block of Border Brook near Ingram Road. Managers there had no comment. KENS 5 called the demolition company and the owner did not return the phone call.