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Roof Collapses Reported After Storm

February 3, 2011 by John Rook

On Monday, state officials warned that the expected snow and ice storm on Tuesday and Wednesday could put a significant number of residential and commercial roofs at risk for collapse.
Unfortunately, that prognostication has proven true here in Cheshire.
On Wednesday evening, the back portion of the roof at First Cavalry Life Worship Center, off of East Johnson Avenue, collapsed. No one was inside the building at the time and no injuries were reported.
The weight of snow and ice that had accumulated on the roof was enough to take down the structure. Police officers immediately responded to the scene and blocked off the area between Route 10 and Macausland Court.
Also on Wednesday, a section of the roof on one of the town's most historic buildings came down, according to officials. The 136-year-old George Keeler Stove Shop, located at 166 South Main Street, has been on the state preservation group's "endangered" list of historical properties in need of saving. No injuries were reported at that facility either.
There was also a report Thursday morning that the roof over the building that is home to Cox Communications had partially collapsed as well.
All of this comes after a storm dropped heavy amounts of snow, sleet, freezing rain, and rain on the area through Tuesday and Wednesday, turning record amounts of snow wet and icy. The threat of roof collapses will continue as temperatures promise to stay well below freezing over the next few days and another storm is expected for Saturday.
For more on these incidents, read next week's Cheshire Herald

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