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Sutton Shopping Plaza Roof Collapses, Closes Post Office

SUTTON (CBS) -- The roof of a shopping plaza in Sutton collapsed Wednesday afternoon under the weight of heavy snow drifts.

Earlier in the day, a partial collapse at the two-story plaza off Route 146 closed several businesses and the post office, police said.

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It was just before 9 a.m. when a woman reported "loud banging/cracking" noises in the ceiling about her business. Officials had predicted the roof would collapse and evacuated the businesses.

A roof collapse at a Sutton plaza (WBZ-TV)

"The loading on the roof was well over 100 pounds per square foot which exceeds the building codes more than double. It's a shame, but it is what it is," said building commissioner John Couture.

Sutton Fire Chief Matt Belsito said the building's owner was prepared for the heavy snowfall.

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Inside a plaza after a roof collapse in Sutton (Photo credit Sutton police)

"He had a shoveling crew, a roof cleaning crew on site they just ran out of time," said Chief Belsito.

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The businesses affected include an Edible Arrangements, a dentist's office, a liquor store and nail salon.

There have been 74 roof collapses in Massachusetts since Feb. 9 during an unprecedented winter, according to state officials.

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Inside Edible Arrangements in Sutton after a roof collapse (Photo credit Sutton police)
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