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Roofs Collapse in 2 Morristown Buildings

Collapsed roof of a vacant building between Bank and Market streets in Morristown. No injuries were reported
Collapsed roof of a vacant building between Bank and Market streets in Morristown. No injuries were reported. (Kevin Coughlin, Morristown Green)

Two buildings in Morristown, one of them a former car dealership, had roofs collapse Thursday morning, apparently under the weight of accumulated snow.

 

Firefighters at Spring Street roof collapse.
Firefighters at Spring Street roof collapse. (Kevin Coughlin, Morristown Green)

The roof of a vacant two-story building located at 35 Market Street collapsed at 10:28 a.m. on Thursday morning according Morristown police.

ABC 7 reports a second building on Speedwell Avenue, near Spring Street also had its roof collapse. MorristownGreen.com reports the building once housed a Lincoln-Mercury dealership and was scheduled for demolition. A CVS pharmacy was planned for the location but the deal has been delayed by legal issues.

Structural engineers have been called to inspect the integrity of the buildings. An initial assessment of the Market Street collapse indicates heavy snow on the roof and the age of the building are to blame.

Firefighters used a bucket truck to look inside the Spring Street building reports the Daily Record. According to ABC 7 a strike team is checking the inside.

No evacuations were ordered but Market Street and Bank Street are both closed. New Jersey Fast Traffic says vehicles in and around downtown Morristown are moving slowly.

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