Ashwaubenon building roofs collapse in snowstorm

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ASHWAUBENON, Wis. (WBAY) -- Ashwaubenon's Department of Public Safety chief says crews responded to two separate roof collapses in Ashwaubenon.

According to a news release from Chief Eric Dunning, the first collapse happened at the Econolodge Hotel on Ramada Way. Public safety crews responded to the hotel just before 10:00 a.m. When they arrived at the scene, crews found that the roof had collapsed into the hotel's swimming pool. No one was inside the pool at the time, since hotel management had closed the pool earlier due to the roof leaking water. There were no injuries.

Dunning says ice and snow were a factor in the collapse.

64 rooms were registered at the hotel at the time of the collapse. Chief Dunning says all 64 rooms were evacuated from the building and occupants were not allowed to return.

The second roof collapse was reported just before 10:45 a.m. while crews were still at the Econolodge. It happened at Machine Services, Inc. along Ashwaubenon Street. Crews observed a sprinkler line that was severed that caused water flow from the second floor of the business to the first floor. Chief Dunning says the collapse is likely due to snow and ice buildup on the roof.

No one was inside the building at the time.

The accident happened during a snowstorm that dropped more than 15 inches of snow in Ashwaubenon.

The De Pere Fire Department also responded.



ASHWAUBENON, Wis. (WBAY) -- A portion of the roof of an Ashwaubenon hotel collapsed Sunday morning.

The roof collapsed over the pool area at the EconoLodge on Ramada Way before 10 a.m.

No one was hurt.

“Upon our arrival here, we observed probably about a 40 foot collapse into the pool area here. Luckily, at the time of the collapse, there was no one inside,” says Chief Eric Dunning, Ashwaubenon Public Safety.

The accident happened during a snowstorm that dropped more than 15 inches of snow in Ashwaubenon, but it's not confirmed if the collapse is related to the weather.

Ashwaubenon Public Safety and De Pere fire departments responded to the call. Ramada Way was blocked off during the initial response.

“We haven't seen snow in these amounts in years. And then on top of that with the heavy moisture content. Any kind of structural issue is only going to be multiplied with what's going on,” Chief Dunning says.

65 people were re-located to the Super 8.

Right now, it’s unclear how much damage the collapse has caused.

A little while later, another roof collapsed of a building in the Ashwaubenon Business Park.

Chief Dunning told Action 2 News crews that the area was surveyed, but all that is left to do now is wait for it to continue falling.

“Whether you're a business owner or residential owner, don't be going up on the roof. The roofs have a tremendous amount of weight on them because of the water, the freezing water, and then with the huge accumulation of snow,” Chief Dunning says.

If you see water dripping inside your house, or lots of snow buildup on your roof, contact your building contractor, electrical company and/or plumber.

Above all, stay off your roofs during such severe weather.



 
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