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Residents Rescued From Windows Of Detroit Apartment Complex After Roof Collapse

The structure of the building was compromised.

July 08, 2019 - 6:32 pm
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DETROIT (WWJ) -- Numerous people had to be rescued from the windows of an apartment complex on Detroit's northwest side after the roof collapsed Monday afternoon.

Detroit Fire Chief Dave Fornell tells WWJ contractors were working on the roof of the complex, near Meyers and McNichols Roads, just east of the John C. Lodge Freeway, when the roof gave out. 

Fire crews had to rescue several people out of windows because the stairs collapsed, and the rest of the building was ordered to evacuate, as the structure of the building was compromised, according to Fornell.

There were no injuries reported and it was not clear how many people were rescued from windows.

"They were putting a new roof on and according to witnesses they were putting palettes of shingles on the roof, but it ended up that the roof couldn’t support it, so it collapsed," Fornell said.

Crews remained at the scene as of 6:30 p.m.

"The roof was probably never designed for that much load in that spot," Fornell said. "Again, as the contractors put those bales of shingles up there, they basically overloaded the structure and it does what a structure does when it’s overloaded, and it collapsed."

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