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North Las Vegas family living in triple-digit heat

Posted at 11:54 PM, Jun 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-24 02:54:27-04
Little Kazajia Jenkins has to sit inside her refrigerator to cool off in her home.
"Feels like I'm in a desert and a volcano," Kazajia says. “I sit right here when I'm hot. It feels good,"
Brenda Jenkins, Kazajia's grandmother, tells 13 Action News her North Las Vegas home is dangerously hot.
"Ninety-five degrees in this living room," Jenkins says, adding the air conditioner hasn't worked all year.
Jenkins sets the thermostat to 78 degrees, but the thermometer reads 99. And that's with the fans and a portable ac unit blasting.
To make matter worse, little Kazajia suffers from asthma. Jenkins says she has repeatedly called the landlord
"The landlord don't want to come out and spend no money on the air conditioner," Jenkins says.
13 Action News we called the landlord, Shirley Young.
When asked if she has refused to fix the air conditioner, Young answered, "We already hired a couple of licensed persons to go to check the air conditioner — everything is normal."
But the temperature in each room is unbearable: 93 degrees in Jenkins' bedroom and 100 degrees over little Kazajia's bed.
When asked if it is fair to expect people to live in a home that is more than 90 degrees, Young responded, "Let me come tomorrow to check. Okay?"