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ACHA resident sleeps in tent to avoid infestations

Tent owned by William Fry pitched Monday outside of the ACHA's Shuemaker Building in Cairo (Source: Loreto Cruz, KFVS) Tent owned by William Fry pitched Monday outside of the ACHA's Shuemaker Building in Cairo (Source: Loreto Cruz, KFVS)
CAIRO, IL (KFVS) -

More than 400 people in Cairo, Illinois continue to live in substandard conditions, as an investigation lingers into the Alexander County Housing authority.

The FBI stepped in to assist investigators on October 8, but while waiting for an outcome, one man chose to sleep outside in a tent to avoid ongoing cockroach and bed-bug infestations.

Cairo Resident William Fry pitched a tent just outside of the ACHA's Shuemaker building in Cairo.

Fry claims he complained of the infestation in early-to-mid September, and was paid a visit by Terminex specialists on Tuesday.

On Friday, bug traps down the hall from Fry’s apartment had live bedbugs, and cockroaches captured. In addition, Fry claimed he saw and killed several live specimens in his apartment immediately after it was professionally treated.

“Sleep is obsolete,” Fry said on Friday. “Anything…even if your hair moves, or your nerves tickle, you think you have a bed bug on you.”

At least two other people on Fry’s floor in Shuemaker, and several in McBride and Elmood complexes (all owned and operated by the ACHA,) say the problem is very common, in addition to safety concerns near the complexes.

The week of this report, Cairo police responded at least twice to reports of shots fired at McBride Housing complex, near the playground.

Cairo police say officers asked fry to take his tent down on Wednesday.

Chief John Bosaker said the tent was pitched on City Property, and if something happened to Fry; Bosaker didn't want the city to be held responsible.

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