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Family Not Hurt In Ceiling Collapse

A mother and two children were not harmed Wednesday morning after a portion of the ceiling collapsed. Their apartment complex is run by the Charlotte Housing Authority. Lakisha Harris and her two small children were in their bedrooms early this morning when part of their living room ceiling collapsed. Harris had called the CHA which operates the Villa Court units in Grier Heights Monday morning to report a hairline crack in the ceiling. Deborah Clark, a CHA spokeswoman, says a maintenance crew was sent out that day to take a look. "They went out and inspected it on Monday. They put the work order in. The contractor was contacted and the money was placed, according to our policies and procedures and the contractor was scheduled to come in today," says Harris. Clark says the maintenance crew didn't think it was an emergency situation so they followed the CHA's three day turnaround policy. She notes that's much faster than what the federal government's department of Housing and Urban Development requires. But it turned out the ceiling needed immediate attention. A contractor is now repairing Harris's ceiling and reinforcing those in all the Villa Court units. Clark says the property was last inspected in November and no problems with the ceiling sheetrock were found.