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Stone Mountain renter: Gas leak sent mother to hospital

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A Stone Mountain resident told CBS Atlanta News the maintenance staff at her apartment complex turned her gas back on without making the recommended repairs, causing her mother to be hospitalized.

Brittany Smalls and her roommate Danielle Sessons said they had been smelling gas inside their Landmark at Mountain View apartment since late August. That's when crews with Atlanta Gas Light repaired a major gas line in the area.

They said the apartment management has ignored their concerns.

On Saturday, they called the gas company to check out their unit.

They were told by the natural gas contractor that the gas needed be shut off until repairs were made by the apartment complex.

Smalls said a maintenance worker turned the gas back on late Saturday, which resulted in a malfunction inside her utility closet Sunday night.

"When we got home we turned on the heat. Then there was this big flame that came from the bottom of the water heater. My mother was close to it. She fell down and I called 911," Smalls said.

Smalls said her mother, 44-year-old Kristina Williams, spent the night at Emory University Hospital. She was treated for carbon monoxide and gas particles in her system.

"Not only was my mother kept in the hospital and treated for gas in her system, but we have not had heat in our apartment since Saturday. It is cold at night," Smalls said.

Smalls showed CBS Atlanta News her paperwork from the gas company supporting her claims of a gas leak in the apartment.

CBS Atlanta News went to the management office Monday evening to ask about the gas leak and when it would be fixed.

A staff member asked us to step outside of the office and said someone would come out to speak with us.

About 20 minutes later the apartment manager, Ra Lee, came out to talk. She said the property is 30 years old and that things can go wrong.

"I don't want to sensationalize anything. It is what it is. We're going to take care of our residents as we always do. And we will be following up with her in the morning," Ra Lee said.

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