The Seabrook Walmart closed Monday morning after safety concerns about the wall and roof. (Photo by Tyler Dumont)

Feb 23, 2015 2:24 PM

Seabrook Walmart closes after wall separation, roof concerns

SEABROOK - A loud noise heard by a store employee this morning has led to the temporary closure of the Seabrook Walmart.

Fire officials tell NH1 News they responded to the Lafayette Road store around 8:45 a.m. on Monday.

"One of the employees said they heard a loud bang or crack noise," said Chief William Edwards of the Seabrook Fire Dept.

Edwards said it appeared to be an issue with a concrete wall on the rear side of the building.

The fire department investigated the area and found the problem high up on the wall.

"Up in the upper part of the wall, you can see where the wall had actually kind of pulled apart, probably half an inch ... it looked like a weld may have broken that holds the wall," Edwards said. "We're guessing that's what the boom they heard was."

The department also examined the roof to determine if the snow load was related to the wall incident.

"We went up on the roof, and there's 2 to 3 ft. of snow up there, over your knees," he explained.

Edwards said the department recommended a store closure until snow could be removed from the roof. Walmart agreed with the recommendation, and decided to close the store.

The store remained closed Monday afternoon, but employees were seen returning around 3 p.m. and entering inside.

A sign on the entrance doors said the store was closed for snow removal, although no contractors were seen on the roof of the store around noon.

The business is located at 700 Lafayette Road in the Seabrook Commons plaza.

The store voluntarily closed down several weeks ago to clear snow from their roof after multiple storms.

The fire department said they have been busy dealing with roof collapses. About a week ago - just a few blocks away from the Walmart store - the majority of a roof at a shopping complex collapsed entirely. Officials believe that collapse was due to the amount of snow that had built up.

Edwards said the town of Seabrook is having snow load problems of their own - explaining that they just had the town library shoveled off. Contractors are scheduled to clear off the fire department and the police department next.


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