Roofers tear roof off wrong house in Florida

By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |  June 8, 2018 at 11:18 AM
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June 8 (UPI) -- A Florida family woke up confused to the sounds of workers tearing the roof off their home -- and they weren't supposed to be there.

Pearl Northrup said her family woke up at their Lehigh Acres home to the loud banging of the roof being removed from the house.

"Somebody is banging on my roof," Northrup told WFTX-TV. "I thought I was getting a new roof."

Northrup called her landlord, Sarah Fritchey, to ask why she wasn't warned about the project, and Fritchey revealed that no such work had been ordered.

"I didn't OK this, I didn't ask for anyone to do the roof," Fritchey said. "They just came on our property and began ripping the roof off."

L.B. Skaggs, owner of roofing company NASTAR, said workers put the wrong address into their GPS.

Skaggs said the workers repaired the damage to the house, but Fritchey and Northrup said they are not satisfied.

"I'm looking forward to meeting them tomorrow or whenever is convenient for them to make sure they're happy," Skaggs said.

A Michigan man faced a more severe version of a similar situation when a demolition crew mistakenly tore his house down instead of a neighboring home that was slated to be demolished. Police told Mike Anderson, the owner of the incorrectly demolished house, that someone had taken the numbers from the house slated for demolition and nailed them to his home.

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