Ceiling cracks, then crashes into apt.


WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — The ceiling in at Wyoming couple’s apartment collapsed Sunday, leaving thousands of dollars worth of damage, the couple said.

Daniel Garvin and his wife live in an apartment at Oldebrook Apartments on Prairie Parkway in Wyoming.

The ceiling of a Wyoming apartment collapsed. (Courtesy Daniel Garvin - Aug. 24, 2014)
(Courtesy Garvin – Aug. 24, 2014)

Garvin said he went to the office of the apartment complex more than two weeks ago to let them know he was worried about his ceiling.

“I went down to the office, saying, ‘Hey, my living room ceiling is bowing like my last apartment and it just doesn’t look safe,'” Garvin recalled.

He said it took a week for a maintenance man to come to the apartment to look at what was going on. The maintenance man took photo and left.

“He stressed the fact that this could go at any time,” Garvin said.

But that was the last Garvin heard from anyone from the complex.

Then, when he and his wife came home from work on Sunday, they found their ceiling had come crashing down into their living room.

“Sunday, my wife and I went to work. We came home and the ceiling had collapsed and destroyed everything in its path,” Garvin said.

Garvin said when the ceiling came down, it ruined his TV, coffee and end tables, lamps, and his couch and La-Z-Boy chair. He said even after a professional cleaning, he can’t sit on his furniture because of the fiberglass left behind by the insulation.

Damage caused when the ceiling of a Wyoming apartment collapsed. (Courtesy Daniel Garvin - Aug. 24, 2014)
(Courtesy Garvin – Aug. 24, 2014)

“$3,000 worth of damage,” he said. “They’re not wanting to own up to it.”

Garvin said he has renter’s insurance, but it won’t cover the damages because the apartment complex had prior knowledge of the problem. He also said the apartment complex so far has not been willing to cover the damages, either.

“Destroyed because of the negligence of the apartment complex, not taking care of the problem when they should have,” he said.

24 Hour News 8 stopped at the leasing office on Thursday afternoon. The leasing agent said we needed to contact their corporate office in Farmington Hills near Detroit.

24 Hour News 8 left messages with Beztak Properties, the property management company that owns Oldebrook Apartments, but did not hear back Thursday evening. Emails were also sent and not returned.

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