UPDATE: Family Returns after Crane Splits Home in Two
A few months ago, we shared the bizarre story of the family living in Baldwin Park who were having some work down on the roof of their home. During the course of this repair, a large crane was employed to deliver roofing tiles to the workers toiling high above the ground. It was while the crane was extended over the center of the home, laden with roofing tiles, that something happened to cause the vehicle to destabilize.
Pictures from the scene are the only true justice that can be done when it comes to describing the following, but we will do our best to paint with words as best as we can.
Before the crane operator could return the crane to its stability, it began to tip forward. As the workers around the area helplessly watched, the boom of the crane smashed through the roof, bisecting the home almost completely.
It was extremely fortunate that none of the family members were home at the time. As we reported earlier, one of them had recently left in order to retrieve a child from school, and they were on their way back to the house when the incident took place.
Emergency response crews ultimately deemed that the structure was safe enough for the family to reenter in order to retrieve personal effects that they would need during the upcoming months, but the extent of the damage did necessitate a lengthy evacuation of the space while the repairs of the building were undertaken.
During the intervening months, Alair Homes, and Orlando company that specializes in renovation, and Gold Key Roofing have joined forces to make the home inhabitable once again. It is not clear if any repercussions were felt by the company that was responsible for the collapsing crane or if the family involved decided not to press any charges for the damage done to their home.
That the family is able to occupy the space in time for Christmas is something of a miracle. According to the new reports, the fall of the crane, as destructive as it was, managed to miss most of the homes vital interior features (such as its sprinkler system, wiring, and plumbing). This meant that the renovation did not take nearly as long as it otherwise might have.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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