Photo courtesy AFRD.

Photo courtesy AFRD.

It was a tough day for a couple more Auburn buildings, and a busy afternoon for emergency services.

First, the Auburn Fire-Rescue Department was called to 113 Washington Street at 3:49 P.M. this afternoon for a reported building collapse.  Upon arrival, crews found about 85% of the building’s roof had collapsed, with the outside walls buckling.  No one was inside the building at the time of the collapse and no injuries were reported.

113 Washington St. roof collapse.  Photo courtesy AFRD.

113 Washington St. roof collapse. Photo courtesy AFRD.

Assistant Chief Glenn Johnson stated “We were fortunate that no one was in the building at the time of the collapse.”  The building was used to store equipment for a local paving company, Precision Sealcoating.  The collapse is attributed to the large amount of snow built up on the structure.

National Grid, 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.

As crews were clearing 113 Washington St., another call came in.  Auburn Fire-Rescue Department was called to 1 Sherwood Road at 4:37 P.M. for a resident questioning the structural integrity of his home.

The resident reported hearing creaking and cracking noises in the home.  A door jam started to pull away from the wall and the door would no longer shut.  The building inspector came to the scene and advised the homeowner not to occupy the structure.  Four people were displaced from the residence until the structure can be further evaluated.  According to assessors’ records, the property is owned by David Lindstrom.

The AFRD urges all residents and business owners to check their roofs for large accumulations of snow and take the appropriate action to clear them.  If you hear abnormal creaking and cracking noises in your home please evacuate the home and call the fire department.