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Renter: "God bless us all that nobody was killed."

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Updated: 7/05/2013 7:08 pm
NEPTUNE BEACH, Fla. -- Renters living in the house where a balcony collapsed during a Fourth of July celebration have been told they have 48 hours to vacate.

"It happened, but it wasn't 50 people on the deck.  There was 12 people on the deck," said renter Charles Blackwell.  He's one of six people who are being forced to move.

He said he and his roommates knew the balcony was in bad shape. They even told their landlord.

"I'm sure we've all brought it to his attention," he said.

Action News asked him, "Have you ever had problems with your landlord before?"  He replied, "No, no problems. He's a good landlord.  These ain't perfect homes."

Blackwell will have to spend the weekend looking for a new place to live, but he says worse things could happen.  He's just thankful his friends who were hurt will be OK.

"God bless us all that nobody was killed and everything worked out," he said.
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Truthseeker - 7/6/2013 8:40 AM
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Hey Action News, if a story or some version of the story is on your website for three days, IT IS NO LONGER NEWS!!! A deck collapsed - some people got hurt - end of story. It wasn't that big of a deal to begin with!

imtellin - 7/6/2013 8:03 AM
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hey dumbash, did you ever think that given the lousy condition of the deck, that 12 or however many people on it were too many ?? nah i didn't think so.. too busy playing the laid back beach dude, right ?? yeah you were.. you were upstairs on the 3rd floor at the time, getting some-thing, so how do you know how many were on the deck ?? see you have to take into account the stresses not only of the accumalated weight, but that said weight is moving in different directions, thus pulling & pushing at the fasteners.. in simpler terms, your friends are the reason why it came unglued.. them & the fact it was never designed for 12 or however many fools. but we all love your statement on t.v., "we knew it was gonna happen, we just can't understand why it took so long"!!! so you & your fellow renters knew it was substandard & yet you allowed/permitted your guests to venture out onto said unsafe deck !! every defense lawyers star witness !!!
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