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A majority of the roof on a multi-unit business complex collapsed at 920 Lafayette Road in Seabrook on Sunday morning. (Photo by Tyler Dumont)

Feb 15, 2015 8:18 PM

More roof collapses plague Seacoast


SEACOAST - There have been multiple roof collapses in several Seacaost communities following Saturday's late night blizzard that brought high wind gusts and more than a foot of snow to many areas.

Hundreds of families had to evacuate from all buildings at the Patriots Park apartment complex on Freedom Circle in Portsmouth after two partial roof collapses occurred in less than 24 hours.

The collapses were in buildings 1 and 4."I'm glad that nobody got hurt. That's the main thing," said resident Cesar Valladares, who decided to stay with family.

Most tenants were given hotel rooms by complex management.

Some had refused to leave, and Portsmouth Police had to respond to force evacuations.

In Seabrook, a massive roof collapse occurred early this morning at a shopping complex at 920 Lafayette Road. The entire section of roof above Carpet Liquidators was destroyed.

The businesses on the ends - the Chop Shop Pub and Uncle Hilde's Lumber Outlet were not impacted, but authorities remained concerned with continuing strong winds and deemed the entire building unsafe.

Authorities were also concerned with the Seacoast Tennis Club in North Hampton.

The facility was closed until further notice due to impending roofing issues, according to board members.

As winds continued to be strong Sunday night, rescue officials said they were concerned there may be even more roof collapses and urged homeowners and landlords to clear off snow as soon as possible.

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