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Apartment ceiling crashes down on several families in Clearwater just days before Christmas

Renters say no one stepped up to make repairs
Posted: 9:08 AM, Jan 11, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-11 14:08:15Z
Clearwater condo building roof collapse

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Michael Saunders said his living room ceiling collapsed without warning and hours later, the drywall and insulation crashed down in his kitchen.

“It came down all over my furniture,” said Saunders.

His next-door neighbor, Keith Fulcher, said the same thing happened to him while he slept.

“It sounded like it was hit by a bomb,” said Fulcher, who reported a contractor had been working on the roof before the collapse.

Another resident, Denise Miller, said her ceiling fell in both her bedroom and living room.

ABC Action News Reporter Jackie Callaway found roofers on site when she arrived on December 18 and later called the contractor who pulled the permit to re-roof the building to get his side of the story.

He blamed the damage on an act of God and then hung up.

ABC Action News sent photos and video of the damage to Clearwater building and code enforcement officials. Two days later, the city opened a case and emailed to confirm they found ceiling damage in six units.

The city also ordered the condo owners to make repairs by Jan. 18 and later told ABC Action News the roofer has agreed to fix the damage in all six units.