Heavy snowfall causes more than a dozen roofs to collapse

Heavy snowfall causes over a dozen buildings to collapse (2/15/14)

RARITAN BOROUGH - The heavy snowfall throughout the state has caused more than a dozen roofs to partially collapse within a 24-hour span.

Five businesses that were housed in a strip mall along Route 202 in Raritan Borough remain closed after the weight of snow caused the roof to collapse around 11:45 a.m. Friday. 

Workers in a nail salon in the strip noticed water leaking through the roof, and the front of the building starting to cave in. They had everyone evacuate before anyone was hurt. The building will likely have to be demolished.

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Late Thursday night, the roof of an apartment building on Devon Street in Kearny collapsed as well.  The incident displaced 12 people living in four apartments.

The Wagner Farm Arboretum sent News 12 photos of a storage shed, used to house supplies for its big Halloween fundraiser, that had collapsed. Volunteers had created the hundreds of props and pumpkin sculptures that were destroyed.

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