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Times of Wayne County

And the Walls Came Tumbling Down

Wayne County was hit with a barrage of roof, wall and building collapses due to some continuing bad winter weather this week.

It was a happy gathering on Monday night of about 150 people at the Second Reformed Church in Marion. The Mexi­co Mission Support Dinner, being held in the main church building on Mill Street was well under way, when a very loud noise erupted outside.

“When we looked outside at the Rec-Center, there was supposed to be a build­ing, and there was no building,” said Chairman of the Deacons, Peter Revard, who was at the dinner.

An apparent build up of snow and ice seems to have been the culprit in the col­lapse of the building used as a recreation center/community center by the congre­gation.

Just prior to the collapse, a youth group was in the gym portion of the build­ing which collapsed. No one was in­jured and the congregation was grateful that God in­tervened.

A small car, owned by one of the at­tendees at the dinner, was not so lucky. Pieces of the building collapsed onto its hood and roof and it was trapped under the remnants of the rec center.

The building is a former storage fa­cility from Seneca Foods and was built in the 1940s. A structural engineer will have to be brought it to assess the safety of the remaining part of the community center. The building was insured.

In Sodus Point, a “second home” owned by Steven Tapp, which was being renovated, had a roof collapse on Mon­day night. “We were called out to 7532 John Street on Monday at about 10:30 pm,” said Sodus Point Fire Chief Mark Jones.

He indicated that the roof appeared to have folded in on it­self and “the peak was now headed east.” The north wall of the struc­ture bowed in, while the other walls are bowed out. RG&E was called out as a precau­tion to shut off the gas and electric. Snow and ice was again the perpetrator of a collapse at a boat stor­age building in Huron on Sunday. The struc­ture, a former wood and metal barn building, at 11763 Ridge Road, was was owned by Philip B a d m a n . Walls and roof col­lapsed in on several stored boats.

On Tuesday afternoon, an astute Rose Town Board member no­ticed that the vacant build­ing on Main Street in Rose was leaning precariously towards Route 414, and the roof had collapsed from the snow and ice. The owner of the building, Edwin DeSanto of Clyde was notified and the DOT diverted traffic to the southbound lane, away from the structure.

By late afternoon the road was closed for a stretch and the owner sent in a de­molition team to carefully dismantle the building, without blocking the roadway.

“The town was prepared to assist with our town highway’s loader and whatever else was necessary,” said Town Supervi­sor Lucinda Collier. “We are very fortu­nate and grateful that the owner handled the situation.”

Mr. DeSanto’s insurance people and excavation workers made quick work of the 1880’s structure, which used to house a store and living quarters, and in more recent years, it was rented out. It has, however been vacant for a long time, ac­cording to the Supervisor.

“Everyone was so quick to respond, and no injuries occurred. It was very ef­ficient.” Collier added. She thanked the Sheriff’s office for helping to handle traffic detours, as well as the NYS De­partment of Transportation.

Henry Dunphy, Code Enforcement officer for the Town of Rose, offered spe­cial thanks to the Rose Fire Department for standing by with an ambulance and fire truck, in case of emergency during the demolition.

Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts also reported several other roof collapses on Monday.

A porch roof caved in at 5400 Route 31, Lot 13 in Arcadia, and a roof collapse also occurred at the Whispering Woods Community in Williamson.

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