People displaced after ice damages roof of Franklin apartment building

CREATED Dec 27, 2013

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FRANKLIN – A heavy sheet of ice shifted atop an apartment building, coming crashing down and displacing eight families for the night.

"I just saw my place taped off, and they called me and told me i couldn't come home,” said Daryl Harris, one of the tenants at Stonefield Village, a complex near South 35th Street and College Avenue.

The mass of ice seems started to move in the warmer temperatures, taking gutters and part of a roof with it.

"It's a cautionary tale that, whenever it gets up to about 30 degrees Fahrenheit and icicles start forming, all that weight should be removed,” explained tenant David Villalobos.

Tenants complained to TODAY’S TMJ4 about the problem. We tracked down the building’s manager, who tells us this is a freak occurrence.

"I've been here for four years. This is the first time this has ever happened," explained Elmy Colston.

"The ice is a problem [but] we've never had to approach it that way. We've never thought of it as a serious danger,” said Dennis Beardsley, a maintenance worker at the complex.

The American Red Cross placed the displaced families in hotel rooms for the night. The complex manager hopes to be able to allow tenants back into their apartments Saturday.