ST. PETERSBURG — An elderly man, his eight cats and bird were left temporarily homeless after Tuesday evening's thundershowers caused part of his roof to collapse, according to St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue.
The incident was reported at 8:11 p.m. at 838 77th Ave. N. Firefighters said the roof fell in over an enclosed patio that was converted into an apartment.
Clarence Rogers, 81, said he was in his bedroom when heavy rains caused the roof to come down. He ducked and ran for the door and avoided injury in the collapse. His pets also escaped injury.
Rogers fled to a neighbor's home. According to Capt. Tim O'Donnell, heavy rains were to blame for the collapse, because the roof couldn't support the weight of the water that had fallen on it.
Power to the home had to be disconnected. The American Red Cross relocated Rogers for the night. His pets stayed with the neighbors.
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