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Cleanup After Roof Ripped From Fort Worth Apartment Building

By Susy Solis, CBS 11 News
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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) - The courtyard at the Wayside Plaza Apartments is still filled with debris from the roof that was torn off during a severe storm.

Residents say power flickered as the storm approached.

“It sounded like a train,” said Guadalupe Vargas, who has lived at her apartment for nearly 4 years.

The storm hit the building on the Westside of the complex, ripping the roof off.

Ruby Houston, a 3 year tentant, had just woken up from a nap when the storm hit.

“It sounded like the worst crack I ever heard in my life,” she said. “I jumped in the bathtub and I told God, ‘Okay, I’m ready,'”

Debris from the roof collapse crashed into her bedroom on the same spot where she had been sleeping just minutes before.

When she and other neighbors walked outside to investigate, they saw a courtyard full of broken pieces of wood, shingles and mangled air conditioning units that had landed 50 feet away from where they once were.

Fort Worth city code inspetors surveyed the damage early Thursday. Eight units were deemed unsafe and condemned. Four of those apartments were already vacant but the families who lived in the other 4 units were relocated to a nearby hotel.

Meanwhile, crews worked to remove thousands of ponds of debris and cover the gaping hole of the building with a giant tarp.

The American Red Cross arrived to provide support for tenants.

A representative with the apartment complex said the future of the building is unknown. If the insurance company deems it beyond repair, the buidling will be demolished.

Tenants were given a 30 day notice that they’d need to find another place to live.

But there is one bright spot amongst the mess.

“No of us were hurt, thank God,” said Houston.

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