House roofs collapse due to snow in Nakusp – Nelson Star


Cindy Coates was home but escaped unharmed when the building collapsed around her. Photo: John Boivin

House roofs collapse due to snow in Nakusp

Wife and pets escape unharmed

Nakusp’s fire chief says residents should check their roofs after two houses in the village collapsed from snow last week.

“I haven’t seen anything like it in 35 years,” said Terry Warren. “People should take a good look at their roofs … that’s snow like we had in the 60s.”

The emergency services responded to a call at 3 p.m. Monday after a house on 7th Street collapsed.

One woman was at home but escaped unharmed with her pets.

The house was completely torn down under the weight of the snow. A car parked on the side of the building was buried when the carport collapsed. The walls of a new garage in the back of the building were blown out, and wood and other materials were strewn about. A porch also collapsed under the weight.

Firefighters cordoned off the area and ordered water and water for the building.

Lloyd Coates and his wife Cindy were taken to an emergency shelter for the evening, and the congregation began to gather behind the couple. Posts on Facebook called for clothes and essentials for the couple until the insurance aid kicks in.

It is the second house collapse in Nakusp in eight days. On February 25, the roof of a mobile home on 9th Avenue collapsed and held a resident inside. Emergency teams had to extract the person rushed to hospital with unspecified injuries.

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