Police, Fire Respond To Roof Collapse On Social Street

Vacant building to be demolished tomorrow, area of street near #788 closed all night.


The area of 781 Social Street is closed to traffic following a roof collapse at the vacant Two Stores In One Building.

There are no injuries, but police have blocked off the area of the street near the building, and pedestrians are being directed away from the side of the street near the building.

Kevin Donnell, who lives across the street, said the collapse happened after a heavy rain and lightning at about 5 p.m. "It was pouring like a son of a gun," he said. Donnell said he called police to report the incident, and police and fire crews were there by about 5:30 p.m. to block off the street and check the building.

"I saw the lightning hit the building," Donnell said, though the structure, the former home of Al's Lamp Shop and Candles and Gifts, was not on fire. He said the hit knocked some pieces of concrete from the top of the split roof.

Deputy Fire Chief Paul Shatraw said the building will likely have to be demolished. Electricity to the building is cut and police will keep the road closed all night until a demolition crew can take down the building safely in the morning.

Shatraw said the building's roof collapsed in on itself. He said the cause hasn't been determined, though he noted witnesses had mentioned heavy rain and lightning before the collapse.

Russell Archambault July 18, 2012 at 02:12 AM
P-nut; I agree with you, I believe that baldelli an brien are so dam powerful that they caused the rains and lightning the other night, to have the roof cave in. Im appalled that with all the problems that we have in this city, they would do that to, we the taxpayers. I can only wonder what they are going to do next, that we can blame them on.
Marc Beauregard July 18, 2012 at 03:11 AM
They are going to make "green space" of two properties on Pond and High street
Marc Beauregard July 18, 2012 at 03:13 AM
This is the problem with this city. We just keep recycling the same old names. First Al Brien and Charlie Baldelli and Lisa and Jon. Its like the Caprio's and Lynch's on the state level. Change people. WE NEED CHANGE.
Russell Archambault July 18, 2012 at 12:48 PM
marc b good call !
Russell Archambault July 18, 2012 at 12:51 PM
P-nuts, I just went by social park noticed that there's no more water in the pond baldelli and brien , just sayen !


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