Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Building Collapse at 5 St. Mark Street


The Auburn Fire-Rescue Department was called to 5 St. Mark Street at 5:57 A.M. this morning for a reported building collapse.  Upon arrival crews found about 90% of the building had collapsed.  No one was inside the building at the time of the collapse and no injuries were reported.  Fire Chief Stephen Coleman stated "We were fortunate that the building was not in operation and no one was trapped inside.  If people were trapped we would have needed the assistance of the technical rescue team."  The collapse is attributed to the large amount of snow built up on the structure.  National Grid, Eversource Gas, and the Auburn Water District were called to the scene to shut off the utilities to the building to prevent any further hazards.  The local building inspector was requested and he did respond.

We urge all residents and business owners to check their roofs for large accumulations of snow and take the appropriate action to clear them.  

Please visit the link below for safety tips on how to avoid a roof collapse and video from today's building collapse.
Asst. Chief Glenn Johnson