A local nonprofit had planned to open an animal rescue facility in the Springfield area in June 2019. However, this changed after the roof collapsed.
JACKSONVILLE, Florida – A local nonprofit planned to open an animal rescue facility in the Springfield area in June 2019. However, this changed after the roof collapsed.
It happened on December 31, 2018, shortly after Gulfeagle delivered bundles of shingles and piled them on the roof.
“The boys all jumped off the roof because they heard wood break,” said Marcia Chishom.
Chishom operates the not-for-profit Anny McFur, Inc. and owns the Springfield property.
The bundles of roof shingles were too heavy for the almost 100 year old building.
“Nineteen squares of clapboard on an 8 foot roof,” said one worker. “That’s way too much weight.”
After six months of trying to resolve the issue, Chishom has filed lawsuits against Gulfside Supply, Gulfeagle, and Alpha and Omega Builder.
She accuses them of negligence.
“They offered me $ 60,000 and it will take more than that to fix the house,” Chishom said.
The lawsuit stated that she was “guilty of a duty of care,” but that the company “violated that duty of care by negligently storing the shingles or laying them on the roof of the historic property.”
On Your Side reached out to Gulfeagle for comment and received no response.
Jessie Sherman is with Alpha and Omega, the roofer.
“I have no iron in the fire,” said Sherman. “It was a negligent mistake on your part.”
The building is still in the same condition as it was six months ago.
“It froze our plans,” said Chishom.
The owner is now turning to the courts to find a solution. The companies named in the lawsuit now have 20 days to respond.
This may not put an end to the practice of piling clapboard bundles on the rooftops, but it will get businesses to be diligent.