Roof of Easton Moving Company Collapses
The back portion of Edwards Movers collapsed Thursday, marking the third such incident in two days.
Traffic was backed up on Washington Street Thursday afternoon as Department of Public Works workers scrambled to turn off a gas leak that sprang as the result of a collapsed building.
It was an all-too familiar sight for a town that had seen two such incidents the day before.
The rear end of Edwards Movers' building on 792 Washington Street collapsed because of built-up snow on the roof Thursday afternoon. No injuries were reported and employees were able to get outside safely.
"There is definitely major structural damage," Easton Fire Chief Thomas Stone said. "There were a handful of employees in there at the time and they were able to get out with no injuries."
Stone said four or five employees were in the office area of the building near its front when they heard a collapse. Currently, Stone said, most of the building is being supported by wood crates that hold stock inside.
Edwards Movers was rated by Boston Business Journal as Massachusetts' seventh largest moving company, according to Edwards Movers' website. The website said the company was established in 1974 by Wayne Edwards, who declined comment Thursday. It specializes in both local and distance moving.
The building on Washington Street stored the items of many clients, Stone said.
"The moving company has crates and crates of stuff in there," he said. "It could be furniture – it could be anything. Quite frankly, it looks like the stock is holding the roof up right now. If there wasn’t stock in there, this building would probably be on the ground."
Stone said the walls in the middle of the building were bowed in and the back portion had caved in. He said with the heat turned off, the steel could contract causing further collapse.
As of 6:30 p.m. fire officials said the roof was still standing with the support of stock and crates in the building.