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Multiple Roofs Collapse From Weight of Snow

Multiple building roofs across New England collapsed from the weight of the snow on their roofs as another winter storm dropped even more snow in the region.

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    (Published Monday, Feb. 9, 2015)

    Multiple building roofs across New England collapsed from the weight of the snow on their roofs as another winter storm dropped even more snow in the region.

    Officials in Rockland, Massachusetts, say a building at 333 Weymouth St. collapsed Monday morning and that the occupants of the building made it out with no injuries.

    Mike Scolaro, one of eight people inside the United HVAC Sheet Metal Contractor building, said workers heard and felt the building beginning to give way. "It sounded like the roar of a jet engine. It just kind of came down really slow, then, boom, crashed. Like it was in slow motion."

    Rockland Fire Department Capt. Tom Heaney said the fact the 9,000-square-foot industrial building collapsed so slowly was critical. "The people inside the building were very lucky. Very lucky," Heaney said. "They could have had to be hospitalized or could be dead. They escaped a very bad situation."

    Photo credit: Quincy Police

    A building in Quincy, Massachusetts, at 115 East Howard St. also collapsed Monday morning around 11:45.

    Gas and electricity was shut off to the building as the building inspector evaluated the building.

    National Grid was called in to repair a gas line.

    There were no injuries in that collapse.

    A roof in Nashua, New Hampshire, partially collapsed Monday morning, according to the Union Leader.

    The paper reports heavy snow caused the collapse at the former Building 19 site.

    Photo credit: Norwell Fire

    Meanwhile, a deck collapsed on Laurelwood Dr. in Norwell, Massachusetts.

    The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency says dry or fluffy snow left on a roof can absorb any sleet or rain, adding weight to a structure.

    They recommend revomving the snow from the ground using a snow rake, avoiding working from ladders and removing any overhanging icicles.

    Additional safety information can be found on the MEMA website.

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