WILMINGTON (CBS) — A huge chunk of ice crashed through the roof of a Wilmington Apartment building on Sunday. Luckily nobody was hurt.
The ice boulder weighing about 200 pounds landed in the back stairwell of the Avalon Oaks Apartments. Residents who were home when it happened say they heard a huge ‘bang’ when the ice came crashing through the ceiling.
“It was like this big,” Kathleen Trowbridge said, holding her arms the width of her doorway, “and it just came through solid. It didn’t break up.” She then called 911.
Wilmington Police say the giant ice block fell from the highest part of the apartment building’s roof, crashing onto a lower roof and through the back stairwell, leaving a gaping hole.
“Luckily nobody was there,” a male resident said. “That was the most important thing. If somebody had been hit by that, they’d probably be dead.”
Residents say that maintenance crews did shovel off the roof from past storms, but the ice buildup did not go away. Some are still concerned.
“If it’s going to happen here, is going to happen in the front?” Trowbridge questioned. “There’s icicles up there.”
“I’m just very disappointed and very nervous for my health, for my kids’ health,” another resident voiced.
Firefighters evacuated the apartments for a short time, before allowing residents back into their homes.