SOMERVILLE (CBS) – A roof collapsed at a Somerville body shop on Medford Street amid storms on Wednesday afternoon.
The roof of A-Plus Auto Body collapsed on all the cars inside during work.
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A blocked drain trapped water on the flat roof of the century-old building when an 85-by-50-foot section of the roof collapsed.
Somerville’s deputy fire chief said the weight of rainwater on an old flat roof likely triggered the collapse. He said there were also structural issues with the building and that “several things” contributed to the roof collapsing.
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One of the traders said he wondered if the excavation of the new extension of the green line behind his building contributed to the accident. “It’s an old building. I mean, there was a lot of water, ”he said. “They dug in the back because they’re doing their Green Line project, so I don’t know.”
There were five or six workers in the shop, but no one was injured. Many workers were in the office portion of the workshop at the time, preparing to return home, and the roof collapsed above the body shop itself.
“I just looked, saw my guys there and I was good,” the other store owner said.
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City engineers are still evaluating the structure of the building. It appears that a large part of the building will have to be demolished.