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Partial roof collapse at North Attleboro building

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by ABC6 News Reporter Mark Curtis

mcurtis@abc6.com

The weight of the snow, has taken it's toll.

Firefighters entering a North Attleboro building, after the deep and heavy snow on the rear roof, lead to a partial collapse.

"They were doing some renovations. While they were in there, working this morning, they heard a significant cracking and then the saw a large sag in the roof structure," said North Attleboro Fire Chief Ted Joubert.

The building is at 153 Washington Street.

The Facet Jewelers was not damaged, but closed for the day.

The roof gave way in the adjoining doctor's office which is under construction.

ABC6 News Reporter Mark Curtis said, "The Fire Chief tells us there were about a half a dozen workers and employees in the building at the time, but they evacuated without injury."

Specially trained fire crew arrived from Plymouth and Bristol Counties, bringing in poles and other gear that will hopefully shore up the roof until repairs can be made.

"They are paratechs. They are used for stabilizing parts of buildings that might be coming down or are unstable," said George Rogers, who was called in from the Bridgewater Fire Department.

The Fire Chief said all construction and works permits at the building were up to code, but the weight of mother nature, was too much.

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