Digging out from a major winter storm

Building Evacuated Over Fears of Roof Collapse

The apartment building at 335 Fountain Street in New Haven has been condemned.

By Bob Connors
|  Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013  |  Updated 11:32 AM EDT
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Building Evacuated Over Fears of Roof Collapse

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An apartment building at 335 Fountain Street in New Haven was evacuated Monday after inspectors feared the roof might collapse under the weight of heavy snow.

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A New Haven apartment building was evacuated on Monday after concerns the roof might collapse under the weight of heavy snow.

City building officials responded to 335 Fountain Street and condemned the building. The snow on the roof is pushing bricks down and making the building unsafe, according to James Eggert, New Haven's Assistant Building Inspector.

In all, 18 people, including 10 children from a dozen apartments were affected. They have been moved to a local hotel with the help of the Red Cross.

"Everybody who's here has everything in those apartments," Sharmont Little said. "I basically have to buy my kids a brand new wardrobe because all they have is what's on their back."

Some residents are focusing on the fact that they are safe. 

"Let's breathe and we're just grateful we made it out," Judith Johnson said.

Several structures in Connecticut have collapsed under the weight of snow left behind by this weekend's blizzard.

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