Heavy snow destroys building

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The wall of a building on North Rosemary St. collapsed around 11 a.m. due to large amounts of snow. This happened approximately six hours after residents said that they heard the roof collapse.

 

Mike Kaloz, a fire captain for the Lansing Township Fire Department said this was an abandoned building and nobody was injured.

 

“One of the neighbors made the call,” said Kaloz. “We got all the snow off safely, and nobody was hurt.”

 

According to Kaloz, the cause of the roof collapse was due to the amount of snow on the flat roof.

 

“Most likely the weight of the snow on the roof was too much for the walls and the roof structure to hold it up and the walls gave way,” said Kaloz.

 

Firefighter Jarrod LaRue, another firefighter for LTFD, said that is an “extremely rare” occurrence.  “In the 14 years I’ve been here, this is the first time this has happened for me.”

LaRue also said, that the building has been vacant for at least 10 years.

Firefighter Jarrod LaRue

Firefighter Jarrod LaRue

 

The building is set to be torn down by the owner which will be required by the township.

 

— Jacque De Witt and Zach Fanko

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