Frayser Family Braves Cold After Gas Pipe Breaks

(Memphis) The deep freeze has a single mom and her five children sleeping in the cold.

Shreeka Emery and her children have spent three weeks crammed into two rooms, curling up by a space heater and praying they make it through the night.

Their gas line broke before Christmas, and her landlord has yet to do anything about it.

Since then, she’s cooked her food and heated her kid’s bath water in a crock pot.

Last week, week she called Shelby County Code Enforcement hoping they would get it fixed before the deep freeze hit Memphis.

Code Enforcement gave her landlord, Scott Marshall, until Tuesday morning to repair the pipes.

“Even in my thick socks that I keep on, my feet get cold. I can’t stay in my kitchen for more than five minutes without a coat and hat,” said Emery.

WREG called Emery’s landlord.

Marshall said Emery is behind on her rent and even though she told him about the problem before Christmas, he couldn’t find a licensed contractor to fix it until after the holidays.

Emery’s family is worried about these next 48 hours, afraid her space heaters won’t keep the family warm enough.

Memphis EMA saw WREG’s tweet about the family. They have offered the family¬†help.


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