Fort Lauderdale homeowner says future uncertain after crane topples onto roof – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A Fort Lauderdale homeowner said she was still considering her next steps days after a crane fell through her roof while delivering a shed to another home, causing significant structural damage.
7News cameras captured Heather Riggs as she investigated the damage outside her home on Monday.
“I don’t know what to do next to be honest,” she said.
A tarpaulin was placed over the spot where the crane fell on the residence along Northeast 57th Street and 19th Terrace just before noon on Friday.
Inside, cameras showed holes in the ceiling, water pipes and electrical cables had been exposed, and debris was strewn everywhere.
To say Riggs and her family are overwhelmed is an understatement.
“This walking zone is falling by the minute,” she said, indicating the kitchen.
Since the crane collapsed, the family has been trying to figure out where to go from here, but it has not been easy.
“I don’t know the next step. I look at the house and don’t know the next step, ”said Riggs.
The family has already contacted insurance companies and lawyers but is trying to prevent the damage from worsening, especially from the elements.
Cell phone video captures rainwater seeping into the interior.
“I was inside when the rain slipped in and over the days you can see the water damage and seepage,” said Justin Riggs, the homeowner’s son.
The crane belongs to On the Spot Services. A company representative said they were installing a shed in a neighbor’s yard, but that homeowner never told them there was a septic tank on their property.
The agent said the crane operator was unaware when he parked just above the septic tank and the crane collapsed.
Riggs and her family said they understand that everyone has their own insurance companies, but they hope everyone is doing the right thing and giving them the help they need.
“It wasn’t an act of God. This was preventable, ”said the homeowner. “That was a mistake, a human mistake, and I’m paying the price for it.”
Riggs and her children stay with family and friends while they determine their next move.
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