215 Families Displaced After Roofs Collapse

Officials in Massachusetts and New Hampshire are reporting roofs collapsing

Several buildings across New England collapsed follwing the latest major storm after up to nine feet of accumulated snow blanketed parts of the region this winter. 

A partial roof collapse was reported at two buildings within the Patriots Park Apartments in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The buildings were evacuated before the collapse, but approximately 215 families are affected. Officials from the apartment building made hotel accomodations for its residents impacted by the event.

Seacoastonline.com is reporting that between 500 and 700 people have been affected.

They report that after snow is removed from the roofs Monday that repairs will be made where needed.

A business was destroyed due to a roof collapse in Seabrook, New Hampshire, on Sunday morning. The town's fire chief said he nor the town fire captain had seen a more serious collapse in their careers. 

The New Hampshire State Fire Marshal's Office is asking citizens to clear roofs of excessive snow and ice build-up in the wake of the collapses. 

The roof of an occupied building in Quincy, Massachusetts, collapsed, fire officials confirmed Sunday afternoon. The building is located at 85 Gilbert Street. Quincy Fire said the situation is unfolding and it's not immediately clear if anyone was injured.

In Newburyport, Massachusetts, 25 percent of a residential building on Low Street collapsed, displacing between 40 and 50 people. No one was injured and crews are finding a way to secure the building so residents can get their pets and belongings.  The Red Cross is assisting the families that were displaced.

Roof collapses were also reported in Upton and Lynn, Massachetts.

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