Residents say pets trapped inside burned Stonebridge Apartment

BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WDTN) – Stonebridge Apartments caught fire more than a week ago.

There were no fatalities or injuries, but some four-legged family members are stuck.

“We do know that there’s still live cats in there,” said Ron Stonum, an animal activist.

Stonum and his wife have been helping those affected like Josh Tokarz.

“I’ve been coming here, you know, pretty much every night calling her name and yelling for her. She’s a really shy cat so she will only come to me . But they’re not letting anyone in the building and I feel like my cat is trapped in there,” Tokarz said.

Now a former resident, he says management misinformed residents that animals were evacuated to shelters.

2 NEWS called the complex, but they have not returned our calls.

Tokarz says there must be more urgency to find trapped pets.

“I don’t think management– I feel like they have little to no concern about the animals trapped in here,” expressed the former resident who moved following the fire.

Another resident has had better luck finding his pet, but his cat isn’t doing well.

“You know, my cat has respiratory problems from all the smoke and you know, whatever else was in there.Imagining what everyone else cats or pets have that are still in there to this day, you know, it’s just wrong,” Mark Janora told 2 NEWS.

Stonum who is helping residents says this is a problem.

“This is the third fire at Stonebridge. I would have thought that they would have had enough  practice to make sure they have an emergency pla ni place, not that I’m saying they  don’t,” he expressed.

2 NEWS did some digging.

In 7 years, there have been 4 fires, mostly electrical.

And residents say each one has seen these same problems

Animal advocates advise calling the Greene County Animal Control if you believe your pet is still inside or missing.

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