As the sounds of rumbling came from above around 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, employees of Waldo Bros. ran from the building.
Then, 595 Nutmeg Road North in South Windsor collapsed. The business that deals with corrosive materials is one of many companies across the state to be destroyed under weight of snow and ice from a relentless winter.
No one was inside when the collapse happened, officials said. Power and gas have been turned off. Officials do not believe that there are any leaks, but the state Department of Environmental Protection is responding.
Building collapses have been reported for days.
A former church on Route 101 in the Dayville section of Killingly has also collapsed.
The building was converted into an office building, which housed the Partner Network, a real estate office. Employees heard noises in the building and got out before it came down. All that remains now is the façade. No one was hurt.
American Modular in Terryville collapsed around 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday. The building was vacant and no injuries were reported. A building inspector had been there, left and the building collapsed. It has been condemned and must be demolished.
U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro said she reached out to Gov. Dannel Malloy about the record-setting weather to offer assistance in securing federal resources.
“The power outages, flooding, icy conditions, record snowfalls we have seen recently have made for difficult conditions, especially for our already budget-conscious cities,” DeLauro said. “I will continue to work with local, state, and federal officials to ensure people are getting the help they need, and urge anyone requiring assistance to contact my office at (203) 562-3718.”
Malloy sent a letter to President Barack Obama last week stating that he intended to ask for federal aid for the state.