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More Buildings Evacuated As Roof Concerns Continue

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Building evacuated on commerce Way in North Andover. (credit: Rick Macomber/CBS)

Building evacuated on commerce Way in North Andover. (credit: Rick Macomber/CBS)

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NORTH ANDOVER (CBS) — The heavy snow and rain continue to cause problems for buildings and roofs in Massachusetts.

A building in North Andover was evacuated Tuesday morning after employees noticed the ceiling was sagging.

WBZ-TV’s Peg Rusconi reports the building on Commerce Way houses four businesses and the 60 people inside were evacuated just after 8 a.m.

WBZ-TV’s Peg Rusconi reports from North Andover.

Officials said the roof is in eminent danger of collapse and the building inspector wouldn’t give permission to people to get on the roof and shovel some of the snow off.

A structural engineer has been called to the building to inspect it.

LAWRENCE

A roof partially collapsed at a building on 9 Hampshire Street.

The building, which appears to be abandoned, is reportedly six blocks west of Lawrence General Hospital.

The building was most recently used by a church, which moved out at the end of January.

WILMINGTON

A building in Wilmington was also evacuated Tuesday morning when employees of the Spaulding Brick Company noticed sprinkler heads starting to protrude through the ceiling tiles.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports from Wilmington.

DEDHAM

The building inspector in Dedham wants more snow taken off the roof of the Dedham Mall before all of its stores are allowed to re-open.

Sears, DSW and Toys R Us are under orders not to open until the work is done.

Crews have found no structural damage to the roof, but the building inspector wasn’t satisfied.

Some of the smaller stores at the mall have re-opened.

WAY ABOVE AVERAGE

According to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, as of mid-day Tuesday more than 150 roofs have either collapsed or had some sort of structural problem since last week. MEMA officials say the state typically averages between five and ten roof collapses during the winter season.

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