Snow and ice leading to roof collapses, structural damage

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An abundance of collapsed roofs and structures in Canton over the last week have town employees checking all school and public office buildings. The week began with a report of a collapsed roof above the loading dock at DXL on Route 138 along with a similar incident involving a 300-foot section of roof at 2 Draper Lane.

A representative from the Dept. of Public Safety and Building Commissioner Ed Walsh examine the collapsed roof at the DXL loading dock. (CFD photo)

Officials examine the collapsed roof at the DXL loading dock. (CFD photo)

During the next six days, the Fire Department responded to reports of roof collapses at a home on Harrison Road, a warehouse at 135 Will Drive, a commercial building at 956 Turnpike Street, and most recently, a two-car garage on High Street. The garage had no cars inside at the time of the collapse. Electricity was shut off to the building, according to Fire Lt. Greg Woodbury. In the incident on Harrison Road, a resident awoke to the sound of rafters cracking around 3:15 a.m. on February 11. Building Commissioner Ed Walsh responded along with firefighters and advised the homeowner to have a private contractor shore up the structure.

The collapse on Will Drive occurred on Sunday, February 15, around 7:30 a.m. and involved a 50×100-foot section of roof at DPI New England, a food distributor. Firefighters shut off the sprinkler and the building commissioner ruled that the structure must be repaired or rebuilt before the warehouse can be used.

Later that day, firefighters responded to an odor of gas at Fountain of Grace Church on Turnpike Street. Firefighters found no measurable gas but advised the church not to use the space until snow was removed from a flat roof. On February 16 at 6:30 a.m., firefighters responded to ProSource at 956 Turnpike Street and advised the owners to send a structural engineer to check the integrity of the roof.

Canton Police: Not a roof-clearing service

Police dispatchers received ten calls in a 24-hour span from residents inquiring about sending police officers to clear their roofs of ice and snow. Police said they have neither the equipment nor the personnel or time to rake a residential roof and advised callers to contact a private contractor.

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