NNFD: Snow and rain may have caused building collapse

Courtesy of the Newport News Fire Department
Courtesy of the Newport News Fire Department

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – Newport News fire officials say they suspect heavy snow and rain may have caused a building collapse Saturday night. It happened on 23rd Street near Newport News City Hall.

According to a news release from the Newport News Fire Department, a police officer was filling up his car’s gas tank when he heard a loud crashing sound and discovered the collapse.

Crews found that the roof had collapsed onto the third floor, which then collapsed onto the second floor of the building. Investigators said the collapse caused the front wall to fall into the parking area in front of the building, leaving a massive hole.

Crews used a ladder truck with a bucket to survey the building from above.

Fire officials say it was a commercial building that had been vacant for some time, but is now condemned and will most likely be torn down.

No injuries were reported.

At this time, an official cause of the collapse is not known, but investigators believe the weight of snow and rain were contributing factors.

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