An update on a story we brought you earlier in the day about the collapse of the roof of the Townsend Fire Company in New Castle County, Delaware. The video above is of the actual cave-in . The article below is by Deborah Gates of DelawareOnline.com:
Firefighters in this New Castle County town escaped injury and rescued emergency vehicles before the fire station roof collapsed earlier Wednesday, according to the Delaware State Police.
The collapse was just one of several throughout the region, as snow measuring a foot or more piled high and winds howled throughout the Delmarva Peninsula most of Wednesday. No injuries were reported.
The structure that houses the Delmar Fire Department reported a failing roof, although DSP Col. Robert Coupe said it did not collapse.
Roofs of commercial structures, a school and chicken houses were reported to have either collapsed or nearly collapsed from the weight of heavy wet snow, Coupe said. There were no known reports of roof damage at residential structures, he also said.
In Townsend, fire department personnel became aware of the weakening roof and removed emergency vehicles in time, Coupe said.
“They saved the trucks,” he said. “Just before the roof collapsed, they moved vehicles.”
On Wednesday, an abandoned chicken house collapsed off Mount Vernon Road just west of the town, according to Somerset County 911 Emergency Services. Overnight Tuesday, the roof at Tommy’s Auto Repair in Princess Anne collapsed, Somerset authorities also reported.